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Project by kiefer posted 07-13-2016 06:35 PM 1845 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got lucky when I visited a buddy’s shop recently to see what he was up to and he offered to show me how to turn a bowl . This is what I wound up with and having a great teacher and a big Oneway lathe with all the tools you can imagine we turned this nice piece of local birch with some spalting into a very acceptable bowl .
Now I am for sure on a journey of no return as far as lathe turning goes and will be looking around for another lathe and some decent tools and so on ,I was afraid that this would happen !


-- Kiefer

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 07-13-2016 06:54 PM

Very pretty!

COOL grain…

BUT, does it tip over very easily? Doesn’t look like much of a bottom… like, if contents are not perfectly distributed, it may tip over. (??)

BUT, for your very first bowl, I’d say you did a SUPER job!

... now, you just have to figure a way to use with your Vise! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Arlin Eastman

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#2 posted 07-13-2016 06:57 PM


You did a swell job and the finish looks great too. I have never turned birch before and if you want to swap some of that for black walnut. Just PM me if you want to.

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

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 07-13-2016 07:23 PM

Looks a lot better than my first turning Kiefer. I was in high school shop class in 64 I think and that’s when I turned a lamp neck and base. It’s long gone now thank goodness! I have never turned another piece since then. Now if it looked as good as your first turning I would have been extremely happy and I would still have it!
Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 07-13-2016 07:31 PM

Nice bowl and well done Klaus,

but my first thought: “english helmet” (1941):


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#5 posted 07-13-2016 07:42 PM

Wonderful combination . . . wood, a good teacher, new skills, and it sounds like you’ve tossed in a whole bunch of enthusiastic fun. So have a great time with advancing your new skills.
Waiting to see your next projects.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 07-13-2016 07:49 PM

Ha ha ha ha. I see you caught the bug. One bowl and we’re looking for a new lathe. (Still laughing.)
It turned out great for a first or a tenth. My first and I still have it, ended up being a coaster for a plant. Glad to see you enjoying turning Klaus. Can’t wait to see more.
I’ll bring some logs over tomorrow to practice on.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 07-13-2016 07:50 PM

Thanks Joe
Yes the grain color is awesome and the bowl is actually more stable then I expected .

Thanks Arlin
That would be a nice trade but shipping cost would kill it and they don’t like raw wood going across the boarder from what I have been told .

Thanks Tony
I was quite sceptical about this turning out but a good teacher was a great help and that ONEWAY lathe is something else .

Thanks Dutchy
This was the model

Thanks John
The lathe will have to be the right price along with the tools so I hope I score another deal like my little one .
I am looking forward to more fun like I had with this one >

Thanks Dave
Looking forward to the logs but it’s a bit of a drive for you but you know you are welcome any time and have a place to stay a our house .


-- Kiefer

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 07-13-2016 08:31 PM

Great bowl, Klaus. now you are hooked!! Join the club!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Josh Cowan

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#9 posted 07-13-2016 08:55 PM

Great job on the first bowl… and welcome to the club / obsession.

As someone who has unfortunately had their entire wood shop packed away in storage for the last 2 plus years i have to say that I miss my lathe and lathe tools more than any other single piece of equipment in there.

-- Josh - (I'll come up with a witty quote later)

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#10 posted 07-13-2016 09:06 PM

Klaus…..nice job on the bowl….now you have the fever.
I am sure you will want to get into sharpening your own tools, but i am a big believer in the interchangeable carbide cutters that are easy to change out when dull…..long lasting and extremely sharp.
Good luck with your turning…...remember, curls, not sawdust.

-- jbschutz

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#11 posted 07-13-2016 09:12 PM

Beautiful bowl.

A neighbor just cut down some trees so I collected pieces that might be turned into a bowl or two. I’ve got to try it too.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Bret Glaze

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#12 posted 07-13-2016 09:12 PM

very nice job Klaus…. I like the rim treatment. excellent bowl for a first time…much better than my first for sure !

-- Bret - Maverick Wood Studio

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#13 posted 07-13-2016 09:17 PM

OH No, Klaus I feel sorry for you right now, you realise you’re now sucked in to the world of spinning :: ))).
Nice first, which you must keep as this will now be the criteria for measuring for advance from here.
best of luck

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

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#14 posted 07-13-2016 09:19 PM

Great job. It’s a beauty.
So hard to find a good teacher for bowl turning and the use of high speed steel tools.
Im jealous.

-- Quicksilver

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#15 posted 07-13-2016 10:21 PM

Unbelievably beautiful. You did a great job on this. The spalting is amazing and the outside of the bowl is just straight up eye-candy! I bet you have that lathe soon!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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