My first three bowls

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Project by Nathan H. posted 10-30-2014 01:00 PM 1434 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a month ago my good friend and coworker Andy gave me some short black walnut logs he had cut up from his pastor’s back yard. They weren’t very big but they had me all excited because i have been toying with the idea of bowl turning for awhile now, and i thought these would give a great starting point.

The 1st one was turned last weekend and given as a gift to my neighbor, who about 6 months ago gave me a full sized drill press out of the blue, just because he had an extra. I had told myself then that if i ever started making bowls he would get the first, in thanks for such a gracious act. This was turned from the only piece of crotch wood in the bunch and made for some very cool pattering in the wood.

The second and third ones I turned last night and are gifts to my coworker and his pastor, in thanks for the beautiful wood and the opportunity to experiment with some things without a price tag attached.

All 3 were rough turned green, dried for 30 minutes in the microwave on 30% power, and finished turned the same day. I finished them using Mylands friction polish, but i am open to other suggestions as this was rather difficult to do. All three of them are really small and trying to apply the friction for the polish right up next to the cole jaws was a bit hairy.

All in all it has been a fun experience and I look forward to doing lots more of these in the future.

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#1 posted 10-30-2014 01:20 PM

Well done, those look amazing.

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#2 posted 10-30-2014 07:57 PM

Nice wood, well done!

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 08:54 PM

Great looking bowls. Well done for your first.
Next time try to do most of the finishing before you cut off the tenon. Then when you reverse it and put it in the cole jaws you will only have a small portion to finish out of the way of the jaws.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 10-31-2014 05:43 AM

Really nice work!!! Congratulations on a good job. The Timber is beautiful and the finish is superb.



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#5 posted 11-05-2014 02:26 AM

Some nice gifts there Nathan and a great way to say thanks .
I really like the last bowl it is so clean and crisp looking ,a beautiful design .
What kind of lathe do you have ?


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#6 posted 11-05-2014 04:52 AM

Thanks for all of the comments and suggestions!

Dave- I tried that for the most part, but the logs these were cut from was so small that i had precious little room to get back towards the tenon without banging tools on the jaws or losing skin in sanding. Honestly i think the smallness of these probably needed a bit different design and a vacuum chuck for reversing.

Klaus- I enjoy giving gifts made with my hands. There is something so much more personal about it, as i am sure most of the guys here can agree since most of the projects i see are for that reason. And i totally agree there are few better ways of saying thanks than a gift like that, in this case as the saying goes, “one good turn deserves another”, literally :). As far as my lathe, I bought a jet 1221 vs about 4 months ago, mainly for pen turning, but this is so much fun too!

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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