Student turns 12 inch Cherry Bowl while Mentor is away

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Project by Ken90712 posted 07-02-2017 01:11 PM 2334 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mentor Kenny Folstrom is away on a 3 month trip. Funny thing about being a new turner with only just over a yr of expirance. It’s so much easier when he’s standing there next to ya. Well I managed to get through this live edge Cherry Bowl with out ruining it, yea!!!!!!!!!

He has helped me get to where I am as a turner quicker, so much quicker than possible if on my own. I’m addicted to all woodworking including turning. I love my Jet mid 1224VS but I’ve outgrown it. Blondie just smiles of course mm you have…She truly supports me and says, buy what you want.

This bowl is Cherry live edged, approx 12 inch diameter ( 12 1/2 is max for my lathe ) 6 inch tall. I sanded to 600 grit and used Mahoney’s Walnut oil. I don’t think I’ll lacquer this one.

There was alot of sanding inside because of my in expirance and being scared to ruin it. Cpl grooves and end grain tear out. When I flipped her 180 to to the bottom my Longworth Chuck wasn’t big enough to hold her. So I improvised & I actually pulled it off with out ruining it. Whew.

As a woodworker we all know alot of times we don’t keep thing for ourselves, this bowl is staying with us and not for sale. However, I said this about a skateboard I built for my self recently. A guest wouldn’t take no for an answer and offered me a price that well…..he took my board home. Ugh. It is a good thing though.

Thx for looking and reading, all comment good or bad or how to improve are Welcome…

Cheers, Ken

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

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#1 posted 07-02-2017 01:56 PM

i know that is not easy to made it

-- bambi

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#2 posted 07-02-2017 02:28 PM

Looks Great Ken! I like the live edge!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#3 posted 07-02-2017 02:50 PM

I think you did an excellent job, Ken! Great use of that jamb chuck- your mentor will be proud!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 07-02-2017 03:06 PM

You’re lucky to have a mentor, particularly in the beginning. Over time, you will hopefully be able to provide feedback to yourself. I suspect that you had to do that in this case, or the bowl wouldn’t have turned out so nice.

-- Barry,

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#5 posted 07-02-2017 03:11 PM

Real nice bowl, Ken!
Did you mentor show you the jam chuck to finish the bottom of the bowls?
I had to call my mentor on my first bowl that was finished on the outside and inside and was still in the chuck. I asked how do I get the spigot off? That is when he introduced me to the jam chuck and now I have a drawer full of them!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 07-02-2017 03:34 PM

Nice work Ken! Cherry with the live edge is so nice! Love it!

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

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#7 posted 07-02-2017 03:35 PM

Thx everyone it means alot. Yes he taught me the jam chuck along with the hundreds of videos and books I watch a read. I subscribe to Jimmy Clewes wood turning page. He has some great members how to videos. My drawer is full of them as well.

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

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#8 posted 07-02-2017 03:53 PM

Very beautiful.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 07-02-2017 05:33 PM

... as the World Turns…
... with the grass always Greener on the other side of the fence… :) :)

Very nice Bowl… You’re learning… FAST!

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

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#10 posted 07-02-2017 06:24 PM


Great first solo flight!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 07-02-2017 07:55 PM

Good job Ken, looks great!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#12 posted 07-02-2017 08:32 PM

Ken, you did a wonderful job on this bowl.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 07-03-2017 01:54 AM

When the teacher is away the mouse will play and this bowl this mouse learned well .
Great looking bowl Ken !


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 07-03-2017 02:28 AM

Very cool bowl, I watched David Ellsworth turn one at a woodturning club and he banged through it at lightning speed, but he has 40+ years of experience, again it looks great. Just remember when someone comments on it don’t point out the things that are wrong with it.

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#15 posted 07-03-2017 03:08 AM

It’s spectacular, Ken! Way cool bowl! Terrific work! You didn’t need a mentor to help you through this one. You pulled it off just fine. I have a smaller cherry burl that’s waiting for me to get up the nerve to try something similar. I’m feeling motivated.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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