First two bowls completed.

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Project by DW833 posted 02-04-2016 01:54 AM 960 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently completed a basic bowl turning class at Rockler. The instructor was Bill Dalton. I had previously tried a couple of bowls, but did not turn out well. The class provided enough detail for me to finish these two.

One on the left is a maple bowl blank I purchased. Not sure if was spalted, but the inside had nice grain that left a couple of marks on each side. Finish is mineral oil and crystal clear wax.

The right one is ditch wood. I think it is spalted maple also. Finish is wipe only poly and EEE ultra shine.

Used mostly traditional bowl gouge and also carbide tipped tools.
Looking forward to doing more bowls.

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#1 posted 02-04-2016 02:45 AM

Good start to your turning days. The one on the left looks spalted, not sure about the other. Nice finish on the bowls too!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Arlin Eastman

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 03:01 AM

You are doing good for someone new. For me I really like the grain on the second one the best. Welcome to the wonderful world of turning. I love it so much I teach other disabled vets too.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#3 posted 02-04-2016 02:55 PM

nice, join the fun, have a cabinet on the way now but there is a pile of blocks waiting for a 1/2 bowl gouge next week. nicely shaped bowls.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 06:44 PM

You did a very nice job on these.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 02-04-2016 09:25 PM

Those are pretty. I recently completed my first bowl. My second bowl, alas has suffered a slight issue I may recover from but must await a time when I can focus on it more.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#6 posted 02-05-2016 07:17 PM

Very nice, that is something I want to try some day.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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