My Second Wood Bowl

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Project by RockyMountaintCrafts posted 04-26-2019 09:56 PM 487 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
My Second Wood Bowl
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Here is a picture of the second bowl I turned on my lathe. I was really excited to see how it turned out but realized quickly that it is might thick, so perhaps it can be used as a helmet in rougher times! Always wanting constructive criticism if you have any.

Next project is some more tool handles and hopefully a honeylocust mallet if I can find a log.

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#1 posted 04-27-2019 01:15 AM

I’m new to it too ! Here’s to US !!!!!

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#2 posted 04-27-2019 11:01 PM

This bowl looks perfect to me.
I think you did a fine job.

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#3 posted 04-28-2019 04:16 AM

Some bowls lend themselves to more thickness for a better look, this is one of them in my opinion. Great job !!! Mike

-- MEL, Kansas

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#4 posted 04-28-2019 04:27 PM

I think you are fine for your second bowl. I think my first few ended up in the fireplace.

As Mel said some bowls look good thick. There are those turners who push the limits my making bowls too thin just to show off their daring and test their skills. The wood you used looks like Maple and I don’t see any end grain tearing which can be a problem with Maple. Over time you will expand your designs and abilities.

A suggestion to enhance the appearance of bowls that do not have much character in the wood is to add some decorative element. An easy one is to “burn” in some accent lines with a wire. You can buy wire made for this but I use a multi strand stainless steel wire similar to picture hanging wire or wire leaders used in big game fishing. First I cut a small shallow groove to help keep the wire in place then hold the wire against the groove and apply pressure until it starts to friction burn. On you bowl I would add three lines about 3/16” apart and 1/2 to 3/4” down from the top. Other elements would involve beaded bands and some even hand carve decorations.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 05-03-2019 02:53 PM

I like a well finished bowl, nice effort!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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