First Bowls - Round addiction kicking in

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Project by jtriggs posted 11-11-2015 12:46 AM 1334 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just took a bowl turning class at the Woodcrafters in Bloomington, MN in October. My two wet turned practice bowls went pretty well and our instructor, Jim Sannerud, was excellent. This class inspired me to cut up a large chunk of dry black walnut I’ve had for about 6 years and try my hand at dry turning. We’ll these are the first two bowls that are the result. The first is finished with Myland’s High Build Friction Polish and the second with O.B. Shine juice, a recipe I got from watching Eddie Castelin’s YouTube channel. I like both very much. The O.B. Shine juice gives a flatter finish the way I did it. I know you can get as shiny a finish as you want with it but I buffed it a little after the final coat and put on some paste wax.

Always heard going round was addictive and now I have a better idea why. Thanks for looking.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#1 posted 11-11-2015 02:48 AM

Welcome to the vortex! No escaping now!

Nice work on those first bowls, they came up a treat!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 02:53 AM

Wow! Pretty nice for a first attempt. I’m just getting started myself. What tools are you using?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 11-11-2015 03:50 AM

Beautiful work Jon!

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#4 posted 11-11-2015 04:18 AM

Thanks, guys. My main tool is a Sorby 3/8” bowl gouge. I’d like to get a 1/2” soon. I’ve also got another Sorby tool with interchangeable tips. The scraper tip worked pretty well getting out a lot of the material in the deeper bowl. I’ve got a fair range of cheap scrapers, roughing gouges and spindle gouges as well but didn’t use any of them on the bowl.

I’m bummed I’ve got to move away from the lather for a couple weeks to build a headboard for the wife. That list never seems to get shorter!!

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#5 posted 11-11-2015 04:35 AM

Great looking bowl Jon. Always loved walnut

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 11-11-2015 05:35 AM

Walnut is beautiful, great bowls and welcome to the addiction.


-- 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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#7 posted 11-11-2015 07:02 PM

That’s a great start Jon, now just keep em a commin :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 11-12-2015 12:40 AM

Good job. You seem to catch on fast. I started with no instruction and here you are better than me in such a short time. But I also love to get the lathe spinning. I have to do other jobs also and one is to make a headboard same as you. Dang!!!!

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#9 posted 11-12-2015 02:56 PM

Spectacular – for the first time.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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