First Bowl

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Project by RootandBranch posted 07-30-2015 03:19 PM 1183 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, first semi successful bowl. I’ve seen some really pretty bowls posted here and finally broke down and bought some blanks to try. I failed at a couple. Finally managed to get close with tools and finish up with more sanding than I care to do with this one. Still not as clean as I’d like. Tear out is an issue for me. Watched some videos and went to see a demo. Seeing someone live helped with how I was holding the tool and addressing the wood.

Walnut, 6 inches in diameter, 4 inches tall and about 1/4 inch thick throughout.

-- Don, -

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#1 posted 07-30-2015 04:08 PM

Great job! You’ve started an addictive new trend…

-- If I'm not in the shop, I'm someplace else. Joel, Lumberjock #30,000

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#2 posted 07-30-2015 05:24 PM

yeah , it is a nice looking bowl I would have liked to see what the inside looks like :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#3 posted 07-30-2015 06:44 PM

wellcome to addicted world
very nice bowl

-- bambi

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#4 posted 07-30-2015 07:32 PM

Well we all have to start SOMEwhere dont we? :-)
If you have tearout and rough spots in this, you certainly dont show it in the pix. Looks VERY nice !

Oh yeah, WELCOME to LJs !

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#5 posted 07-30-2015 10:16 PM

Here ya go snowdog:

Thanks ya’ll. Even with the fails, it is addicting.

-- Don, -

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#6 posted 07-31-2015 02:13 AM

nice bowl, wish I could take nice pics like that of my bowls haha, usually have to hold me up to light with my iphone.

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#7 posted 07-31-2015 01:12 PM

Very nice bowl. great job!

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#8 posted 07-31-2015 05:51 PM


My photo set up is simple though it took some playing around with. Two high-lumens daylight bulbs inside two cheap silver clamp reflectors from Walmart. Both set 45 degrees in front of the subject. One level, one elevated about 45 degrees high. White sheet tacked to the wall over a white box as a back drop. Darker sheet if the object is light and washes out. Cheap camera (bottom photo is from my cell phone) on cheap desktop tripod with stock high rez settings except I bump the exposure value up to +1.3 I think. Set the timer for 2 seconds, wait for it to auto-focus, push the button and let go. This camera knows whether or not its a macro shot or not which is nice. I can then resize any pic down to appropriate size if needed with Paint. I have image editing software but that’s usually more work than it’s worth to me. Sometimes I put a piece of printer paper over the reflectors if the object is super shiny. If the subject is too big for that setup, I go outside and use natural light.

-- Don, -

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#9 posted 10-14-2015 06:31 PM

You have a gift, Don. Beautiful work. Keep it up (as though you have a choice now – you’ve entered a vortex from which dismemberment is the only escape).
I use GIMP 2.0 for my photos. Check it out.

God made Bandaids so we could keep the blood off the wood.

-- Mark

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