First bowl - Small oak live edge bowl

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Project by Mike_D_S posted 07-27-2016 03:58 AM 1460 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago, I heard the sound of a chainsaw coming from my neighbors yard. I wandered over to investigate and he was trimming one of the oaks in his back yard. I picked up a few pieces that looked interesting, one of which was a piece where one bigger branch split into two smaller branches. The joint was about 8” across and about 5 inches deep, so I figured I could do something with it.

Since I can never start with anything easy, I decided I wanted to try my first bowl as a live edge piece. The bowl is about 5” across and about the same tall. It’s Shumard Oak I think or something closely related. It’s finished with just a coat of beeswax friction polished on.

I’ve done some spindle turning with a small amount of hollowing, but never tried a bowl before. I watched a bunch of youtube videos and I learned 3 main things:
1. It’s not as easy as it looks in the videos.
2. I’m still a complete novice when it comes to turning.
3. Catches are scary.

But I kept with it and at the end I think it turned out ok. Unfortunately the live edge isn’t continuous around the rim due to having a fairly large catch while being almost done with the exterior shaping. I had to bring the outside diameter in about 1/4 inch to hide the evidence and I lost a bit of the live edge.

I really like turning and enjoyed making the bowl, but I think I’m going to have to actually get some instruction from somebody in town as it seems very technique sensitive. Unlike other power tools which make more sense to me, the lathe and the different tools just aren’t coming natural to me.

Thanks for looking,

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#1 posted 07-27-2016 09:14 AM

Nice work my fav kind of bowls, love live edged bowls.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 07-27-2016 10:42 PM

Beautiful natural edge bowl and your first one!!

Nice work on it, Mike!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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