My first bowl

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Project by Picken5 posted 09-14-2018 03:54 AM 765 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It took a while to get the nerve to finish this. I actually started it nearly 4 years ago by turning & shaping the outside with a dovetail bottom so I could later hold it in my chuck. After I put it in the chuck and slightly hollowed out the interior, I lost my nerve. I really had no idea what I was doing and I imagined everything from just destroying a pretty unique piece of walnut to it exploding and damaging something else — like me! (I definitely wore safety glasses and a face shield — but it was still scary.) So I just put it away in all its unfinished glory. Flash forward four years to the present… I spent some time experimenting, reading, watching videos — and eventually regained my nerve. (And it was still scary.) This is the result. It’s a small bowl — about 4-1/2” in diameter — made from a cutoff of some black walnut I had. Finish is BLO.

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

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#1 posted 09-14-2018 07:06 AM

Awesome bowl, also awesome is to know it was a journey. You learned, and seemingly subdued this beast. Every time you do that it gives you more confidence to try other things, and that is what it’s all about. Doing Doing, and Doing, until you feel you can Do anything.

I am not a Master turner, but I have turned enough in the past to know that needed a steady, fine approach.

Nice job, thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 09-14-2018 12:31 PM

I agree wholeheartedly with what therealSteveN said above. Congratulations on taming “The Beast.”

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#3 posted 09-14-2018 02:12 PM

very nice bowl
wellcome to addicted family

-- bambi

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#4 posted 09-14-2018 04:06 PM

Glad you finished. The surface looks very smooth and clean which is more that a lot of people can say about their first bowl.
You had reason to be concerned with that big void in the side of the bowl. It could have been a disaster waiting to happen. While you may have wanted to keep the open void there are ways to fix it and make it safer.

You might boost your confidence more if you selected a “clean” piece of a softer wood to work with. I know when I started I turned practice spindles from a soft wood first to get use to the tools and various speeds of the lathe.
There is so much to learn about wood turning in both technique and design I strongly suggest you find an experienced turner to help or take a class or two to build you confidence. I have been doing it for about 40 years and I’m still learning.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 09-15-2018 07:31 PM

Good job on your first bowl. The flaws in the wood made it more challenging but added character to it. Nice finish too.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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