First Bowl

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Project by Jarred posted 08-24-2015 02:02 AM 983 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The challenge of the month at our Woodturner’s club meeting was a bowl. I had done some spindle turning (candlesticks, Christmas ornaments, etc.), but never any bowls or hollow forms. So… time to take the plunge.

I was worried that my lathe (a probably 60 year-old Craftsman) couldn’t handle a chuck because the slowest speed is 875 RPM, and various things I read (on the internet. Must be true.) indicated it wasn’t safe unless the lathe could drop to 500-600 or so. But, I ordered a Nova G3 chuck, bought a couple of bowl gouges, and off we go.

I laminated a piece of redheart to a chunk of ash I had gotten at the woodturning club. Watched lots of YouTube videos. Put it on the lathe. Catch after catch after catch. The bowl probably spent more time off of the lathe (after being thrown) than it did on the lathe. I eventually stripped out the woodworm screw hole; broke the foot off; redrilled a woodworm screw hole in the foot, and eventually turned the inside way too thick, and sanded as much as I could handle.

I’m pretty sure I made every mistake it is possible to make on this bowl. If there are other mistakes to make, I don’t think they’ve been described. The only flaws I can’t take credit for are the insect tunnels on the base.

I added an inscription to the foot reminding me that none of my work is perfect, because neither am I. I think I feel a new tagline coming on…

-- My projects are imperfect in every way, just like their creator. Their creator loves them nonetheless, just like mine.

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#1 posted 08-24-2015 02:22 AM

Welcome to “Bowl Turning” Jarred. Don’t knock yourself out Mate, we all have those first bowls still hanging around, or even long gone in the fire or bin.
Think of it this way, You learned a lot of things about what not to do next time.
I’m sure there are a lot of turners who would be happy if their first bowl looked as good as yours.
Great job and I love the top band.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 08-24-2015 06:10 PM

Hey, that think looks great , warts and all! Dont worry ‘bout it. You’ll win some, and lose some. But they’ll all be learning experiences along the way

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 09-01-2015 10:21 PM

Every mistake is an opportunity to learn and improve. So, at this rate, you’ll be a master in no time! ;) I like it. Thanks for sharing.

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