Hollowform #1 in Pine

  • Advertise with us
Project by palaswood posted 04-21-2014 12:26 AM 1487 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently posted some pics of a couple tiny bowls I made from some Pine I found on the floor of the woods. This came from the same place, although might be a different tree.

This is my Pièce de résistance – it represents the coming together of many different skills and a facility with certain tools.

I started woodworking 1 year ago, in the spring of 2013. I have to admit I havent done much else, but this piece reflects all the hours I spent honing my sharpening skills (pun?), my bowlturning skills, my wood gathering skills, my creative design eye and last but not least, my finishing techniques.

However, since I used Mylands Cellulose Sanding Sealer and then the Myland’s Friction Polish, I feel like I cheated somehow. That stuff works AMAZING. I bought it for my penturning, but this piece got the first taste of it. Stuff’s not cheap, but WOW. Just WOW. Worth every cent. I filled it with Pentacryl for a bit too, to hopefully retard any further checking.

The other breakthrough I had today was with my Hollowing tool. I found that for me, to get a smooth cut, it helps to angle the carbide cutter downward at nearly a 45 deg angle, and make the cut near the bottom – like around 8 or 7 oclock position. Still experimenting…

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

8 comments so far

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

30550 posts in 3106 days

#1 posted 04-21-2014 01:11 AM

Very cool, love the look

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View calisdad's profile


334 posts in 2278 days

#2 posted 04-21-2014 05:41 AM

Pretty Nice. If you’ve only been at it a year you have some great pieces in front of you.

Looking forward to seeing more.

-- Groveland, CA.

View a1Jim's profile


118065 posts in 4345 days

#3 posted 04-21-2014 05:49 AM

View Chris McDowell's profile

Chris McDowell

644 posts in 2921 days

#4 posted 04-21-2014 09:53 AM

Nice. The grain looks awesome. Finish looks great.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

View palaswood's profile


1061 posts in 2520 days

#5 posted 04-21-2014 06:58 PM

Thanks guys, Cliff its end grain thats why. I find natural pine (found in the woods, not at a lumber yard) looks better when turned with end grain oriented top to bottom. The grain is SO tight that even the pith is hard and stable. And its soft enough not to have to much troubles with the hollowing. And while I did sand the heck out of it (on the lathe granted), the finish is all Mylands. The stuff is just…wow.

Calisdad, appreciate it. Yeah its been a crazy year. I got my lathe in early May of last year, so I havent even been turning for 1 year yet. Wow, I came a long way I guess. Considering I did all my turnings between centers or with a faceplate using screws up until a month ago, not too shabby. With the new chuck I can bust out a piece in an hour or two.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

View Roger's profile


21030 posts in 3572 days

#6 posted 05-17-2014 10:40 AM

A beautiful turning. Thnx for your tips as well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

View chuditch's profile


44 posts in 2499 days

#7 posted 05-28-2014 10:17 AM

G’day Joseph….really looks great and a credit to you….what are the dimensions..?


-- WoodWrite, Busselton, Western Australia. [email protected]

View palaswood's profile


1061 posts in 2520 days

#8 posted 05-30-2014 02:48 AM

@chudich I’d say 3 1/2” x 4 1/2” tall


-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics