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Another bottle hollowed out in one go from a piece of wet Birch through a 1” hole in the top. This piece is about 12” high and 6” in diameter.

The outside was shaped first with a gouge and skew chisel with the piece attached to a faceplate on the bottom. A hole was drilled in the center from top to bottom.

The initial hollowing was done with a straight bar with a hss cutting tip. The inside curved part towards the top was done using a curved bar also with an hss cutting tip. The wall thickness is about 1/8”.

The small top neck of the bottle was added after the hollowing operation. It was tenoned and superglued into a small mortise turned around the top hole. The whole thing took about 4 hours to complete. I’m a little slow as my lathe is only 1/2 hp.

I learned how to do this from an excellent instructional video (remember those?) by John Jordan, a recognized master turner and teacher. Hope you don’t mind the long winded description. I hope it will inspire others to try it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.





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#1 posted 06-11-2009 05:49 PM

Very nice Mike!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#2 posted 06-11-2009 08:16 PM

Very Nice job. I recently bought a couple of books on turning and would like to try that out myself. Again nice job and thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 06-11-2009 08:26 PM

Looks great Mike!! I admire all you folks who turn fragile vessels. Maybe one day for me.

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stefang

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#4 posted 06-11-2009 08:45 PM

Turning for me is like instant gratification. I did tire of it after awhile, but I’m getting interested again. If you have only done constructed things before, I’m sure you will find turning to be very fun and a lot less measuring twice and cutting once. If you turn wet wood, you won’t even have sawdust. What could be better than that?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-12-2009 12:29 AM

Looks good from here. I got a lathe a couple weeks ago, now I gotta get it set up and going.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 06-12-2009 05:58 AM

very well done posting … the piece is great, classical form

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 06-12-2009 06:50 AM

Hey Mike that’s a real beauty another great project. Well done bud.

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#8 posted 06-12-2009 12:06 PM

Thanks guys. Congratulations on the new lathe Bob. I hope you enjoy turning as much as I do. Let me know if I can help you in any way.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-12-2009 12:18 PM

I am surprised that you describe this as a bottle maybe different cultural language, but I would consider this a vase.A very nice vase but never heard of it being described as a bottle still you learn something new each and every day again very well done Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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stefang

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#10 posted 06-12-2009 02:02 PM

Well Alistair, I called it a bottle because it has a neck, maybe as a compromise it should be called a vessel instead. In any event, you wouldn’t want to try storing any good malt whiskey in it, because the endgrain in the bottom would leak through like a sieve. Thanks for your nice comments.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 06-13-2009 12:06 AM

Mike, i’m sure I’ll need a pointer or two when I get it set up. In the mean time, come on over and help clean out the shop :-)) Sold a 100# anvil today, that’s a start ;-)) Hope I don’t regret that. Like the guy that bought it said, they are hard to find.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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stefang

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#12 posted 06-13-2009 01:32 AM

Ok Bob, I’ll be there as soon as I get my own shop cleaned up. What kind of lathe did you get? i hope it’s better than mine. There is many a time I could have used an anvil. I have considered buying one. We have a Swedish store here that sells them. My best turning tip is to get your hands on some good instruction books, videos, magazines,etc. and maybe there’s a Local chapter of the American Woodturners Assoc. you might consider joining. All that will get you off to a really good start.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 06-13-2009 04:01 AM

It’s a 36×14 Craftsman. It has a head that will turn 90 degrees off to turn big stuff:-))

There is a chapter of the wood turners a few miles south and another WW club a bit east of there. They meet the 1st Monday of the month, but I forgot until it was too late, Maybe next month I’ll check ‘em out.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 06-13-2009 11:22 AM

Have fun with it Bob.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 08-02-2011 03:24 AM

Great job Mike. Love the way it looks.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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