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Project by SplashMaster posted 01-07-2018 01:58 PM 993 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been slowly getting into wood turning this year and my main goal was to learn how to turn bowls. I figured the best way to do this would be to make a bunch of them and if they turned out they would make great Christmas presents (2017). So, after a lot of work on acquiring the proper tools and taking a wood turning class and countless house of watching youtube videos, I got to work.

Earlier in the year I acquired some pecan from a relative that I had to hold on to for a while, giving me a few opportunities to try and keep it from being devoured by bugs or rotting. I also found a 2’ long log of Sweet Birch in a stream and cut down a Red Maple tree at my parents’ house that I got a few blanks out of.

For the most part turning went well I only had one bowl break due to a catch and few of the blanks had either checked/cracked to much or bugs had damaged them. But I managed to squeak out 14 in total this year, actually selling a couple of them to help buy my bowl gouge. Getting the bottoms turned seemed to be the hard part. First, I made a donut chuck as I originally did not have a tailstock on the lathe I acquired, but this was a bit intimidating. After building a tailstock for the lathe I quickly came to preferred jam chucking the pieces in-between a waste block and the tailstock to mostly finish the bottoms. After sanding to 220 grit, the bowls were finished with Watco Butcher Block Oil & Finish.

In the first picture on the left is 3 Red Maple, next 3 are Sweet Birch, and the last 6 are Pecan with 3 being weathered/spalted while the other 3 were clear. Next four pictures are close ups of the first picture. The last pitcher is another Sweet Birch bowel with a couple of Pecan captive ring baby rattles. Everyone loved the bowls and were glad to have part of their back-yard tree to cherish.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time take care!


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#1 posted 01-07-2018 02:48 PM

Beautiful set of bowls for just starting out. Your efforts payed off. Looks like you are hooked now.

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

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#2 posted 01-07-2018 03:12 PM

Beautiful work. Welcome to woodturning. Still learning the craft myself. It has become my favorite form of wood working. Very relaxing. I agree with with doubleDD. You are Hooked now.

-- Indecision may or may not be my problem -Keith

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#3 posted 01-07-2018 04:54 PM

Thanks doubleDD and keithk1! Im defiantly hooked. Its amazes me how hours can go by at the lathe unnoticed lol

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#4 posted 01-07-2018 05:18 PM

Very nice character is some of those bowls, they all look great! Nice job turning the rattles too.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 01-07-2018 07:53 PM

This is a beautiful collection of bowls.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 01-08-2018 12:08 AM

Looks like all your prep. worked for you. They all seem very well done. Some of us take years to get here.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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