Big-leaf Maple Burl Natural Edge Winged Bowl

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Project by Ken Waller posted 09-25-2009 04:34 PM 4129 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The blank for this bowl measured approx 11” by 8”. It was held between centres while I turned the underside of the bowl and I turned a tenon with which to hold it to turn the upper side. Sanded to 2000, 3 coats of tung oil. The almost-finished piece was then held against the flat surface of my jumbo jaws with the tail centre and the tenon reduced as much as I dared (1/4”). Off the lathe I cut off the little tenon then finished sanding the base using a sanding disk in my drill press, then applied 3 coats of oil. The whole piece was then buffed.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#1 posted 09-25-2009 04:55 PM

Ken, I think your project are fantastic! I am new to turning and these are inspirational!

I hope that you review your OneWay lathe at some point in the reviews section of this site. Someday (hopefully soon) I will want to upgrade from my shopsmith to a dedicated lathe and One Way and Nova look like the best choices so far.

-- John - Central PA -

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#2 posted 09-25-2009 05:41 PM

Beautiful work and wood

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#3 posted 09-25-2009 05:43 PM

too cool,nature at its best.thanks

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#4 posted 09-25-2009 07:19 PM

Beautiful work, that natural edge spinning at any speed would scare the @#$% out of me.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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#5 posted 09-25-2009 07:28 PM

Nice bowl how do you find the oneway lathe?Alistair

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

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#6 posted 09-25-2009 07:35 PM

Excellant work,,,,awesome! Welcome to Lumberjocks, glad you could join us.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 09-25-2009 07:58 PM

Beautiful. That is a very nice Burl and a fantastic looking bowl.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Ken Waller

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#8 posted 09-25-2009 08:40 PM

Thanks for the compliments. I love turning natural-edge platters as much for the challenge as the figure I know I’ll find in the burl.
As for the One Way lathe: you’ve heard all the hype about it, I’m sure. Well, I’m here to tell you….............IT’S TRUE, IT’S TRUE!!! It’s a beautiful machine. I can slow it down to 2 rev/weekend for the large unbalanced log sections or spin it up to 3500 for small work. It runs more quietly than my little Carba-Tec. I’ve had mine a little more than a year and my General 260 has been gathering dust ever since. The only problem is that now any problems with the finished piece can’t be blamed on the lathe:-)


-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#9 posted 09-26-2009 03:01 AM

Ken, Your 26 years of turning experience really shows. This is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#10 posted 09-26-2009 08:11 AM

Fantastic piece of art! The live edge is eye cathing (at least I hope that is all it caught as soinning)haha The grain in the burl is fanominal! Outstanding piece.

Keep up the inspirational work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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