my first turned bowl

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Project by darryl posted 12-31-2006 07:56 PM 2261 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

as you can see from the first picture, the concept came out ok. It’s the second picture that really tells the story though!

as my wife said, “It was bound to happen, now get down there and make another.”

I suppose this would fit into one of those “fall off the horse…” type analogies…

This was made with a piece of Sapele from Woodcraft. I glued the bottom back on and my two year old had already taken it for a test drive with a bowl full of tortilla chips!

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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 12-31-2006 08:19 PM

Nice bowl. I’ve never worked with Sapele. I have a feeling that those chip oil stains will be as valuable to you as the bowl, and maybe more so as your daughter moves out, gets married and starts her own family some day. Then, you will reflect back and wonder how the years passed so quickly.

Cool story, thanks for posting,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 12-31-2006 09:56 PM

Nice story, Done that, Did that !! The good thing about it is you didn’t get hit by a flying bowl.


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 12-31-2006 10:20 PM

A special bowl for new year weight watchers! Cool! Having had a turning fly off the lathe I can understand.

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#4 posted 01-01-2007 01:05 AM

We’ve all done it Darryl. It’s called learning from experience. I appreciate you showing us this. A few years back I decided I was going to learn how to do dovetails by hand without the aid of jigs. It took me about six goes before I was satisfied that I could make a dovetail by hand. At first I kept all six samples and have used them to show people the progression of skill. Unfortunately, I eventually through five of these trials out, keeping the last one. I was looking at this sample piece last week and realized that it doesn’t really tell the story. In fact, there was little point in keeping that piece – but I do still have it. Sort of a right-of-passage.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 01-01-2007 02:25 AM

The first time I had a project “disappear” on me it went the other way. The second time, it would have caught me square in the face. Thank God for face sheilds. They sure work great.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 01-01-2007 08:10 AM

I make sure to wear my face shield. This one went straight to the floor followed by a couple a profanities… I’m far from perfect.

I’ll keep it. I know these things happen. I don’t feel bad about it. I’ve got more blanks and will make another… and another… and… well it’s turning, y’all know how it goes!!

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#7 posted 01-01-2007 04:44 PM

Nice form on the bowl. It’s just part of the learning.
Don’s comment is similar to my experience—I’m pretty sure I still have my first couple
of handcut DT’s around here someplace. I’d practice with scraps large enough to use
as bookends for paperbacks.
Happy New Year,

-- Gary, Florida

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#8 posted 01-11-2007 09:48 PM

THis story made my giggle…great story, beautiful bowl, even with the missing bottom…now I want a Lathe

-- Cheers

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#9 posted 04-19-2008 03:43 PM

hey darrl it happens,but that bowl is not a total lose you could always cut out the center and glue in a new block. rechuck it and finish as if it was one piece. when it happens to me i like to use a different piece of wood,and make it look like i wanted to do.good luck.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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