50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #9: Green turning class = new horizons

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 03-19-2019 03:31 PM 328 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, these posts are a bit out of order.

I took a Green Bowl Turning class at the Minneapolis Woodcraft in January. Great class, and Dan Larson was a terrific instructor. It was the first time I had used steel tools (the home shop is pretty much 100% carbide), and only the second time I had ever turned green wood. The bowl gouge was alternately frustrating (when I had my angle off and tore a chunk out of the rim of my bowl) and rewarding (nothing like a long ribbon of fresh box elder streaming off a blank). I am not ready to buy a grinder and a pile of steel turning tools, but it has already made me better with my carbide tools, and I have played with my bowl gouge and scraper at home.

This is the bowl I made in class. It was intended to be at least a 1/2” taller (see above frustration – lol), but it turned out pretty well.

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