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My first bowl

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Project by recycle1943 posted 12-27-2020 03:55 PM 646 views 0 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several Years ago I bought a Nova Mini Lathe and chuck. I’ve never had any classes or experience with a wood lathe but I forged ahead and managed to throw chunks of wood all over the shop. I then decided to concentrate on my bowls and lamps using the lathe as a GREAT method for sanding.
That idea has worked out better than I could have expected but still and expensive sander.
A couple years ago a fellow LJ’er gave me a couple hints regarding mounting lumber for turning. I never used any of that info to my advantage until yesterday afternoon when I decided to jump in.
I usually make something in the shop with a purpose in mind and this bowl is especially fitting because nearly every day at 4 PM my wife, our neighbor lady and I have what we call Wine Bar. It usually consists of some crackers, cheese or spinich dip and sometimes baby swiss cheese and of course wine for the ladies and I’ll have a beer or brandy. We sit around, tell lies and share our day.
So now getting back to my first experience making a bowl on my 3 year old new lathe.
I glued a block of cherry to a larger block of wild olive wood that I got from wildwoodbybrianjohns, Thanks Brian.
The olive wood was a 4” square x 1 5/8” thick with ample character. This morning with a deliberate purpose in mind I went to the shop and got started. It was quite a chore because I hadn’t any idea of which tool to use nor really how to use it. I’ve been accused of being a quick learner so when one tool didn’t do what I thought it should I grabbed another and tried that one. Speed was a major factor as well, it seemed with this dense olive wood that faster was better so off I went.
The bowl is nearly 4” across with a 1 1/8” depth and just under 1/4” side wall.
Now because I intend to use the bowl for cheese dip I had to have a little sheese spreader and thus the mini knife mad out of olive wood as well. I tried to make it proportionate to the bowl and it’s 5 3/4” long, about 1/4” thick and about 1 1/8” at the widest point. In picture 6 you can see the edge is not cutting sharp[ but has a thin blunt edge. It’s not intended to cut but rather just spread –
I soaked both pieces in mineral oil to hardly no avail because the olive is so dense I pretty sure any oil is just surface only.

I hope you enjoy looking at these as as much as I enjoyed making them. Again, Thank You Brian for my olive wood stash, this is gonna be fun !

Comments and criticism are always welcome so let the newbie turner have it – I can take it

A couple more pics

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 12-27-2020 04:07 PM

Beautiful bowl for a firsty Dick. Wow, olive wood, I didn’t get to nicer wood to about my fifth bowl. They usually ended up as coasters. Nice work and being as it’s a user makes it even better. I bet you can’t wait to make the next one.

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

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MrWolfe

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#2 posted 12-27-2020 04:07 PM

Great bowl and knife Dick!
They’ve turned out great and that olive wood is fantastic.
Looks like you’ve jumped in.
Keep it up!

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Jerry Spencer

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#3 posted 12-27-2020 04:19 PM

Again, there’s no end to your talent. Those will sell like hot cakes or ice cream. I’m a fan of olive wood now.
Nice job, Dick

-- Jerry - Ohio

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 12-27-2020 04:32 PM

Nice bowl, Dick! I’ve been saving the “good” wood until I can get through something I have more of (like birch) without feeling like I’ve gotten something completely wrong. Great work diving in and not making firewood!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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FrenchGoattoys

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#5 posted 12-27-2020 04:37 PM

Turned out real nice. The wood is beautiful.

-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#6 posted 12-27-2020 05:53 PM

Great looking first bowl! Glad it didn’t get flung off into the abyss!

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

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oldrivers

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#7 posted 12-27-2020 06:15 PM

Beautiful bowl and Like the design of the knife, Great Job!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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recycle1943

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#8 posted 12-27-2020 06:34 PM


Beautiful bowl for a firsty Dick. Wow, olive wood, I didn t get to nicer wood to about my fifth bowl. They usually ended up as coasters. Nice work and being as it s a user makes it even better. I bet you can t wait to make the next one.

- doubleDD


Thanks
And
Yeah, I was pleased with the end result and yes I’ll most likely make several sets – they’ll sell quickly

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#9 posted 12-27-2020 06:36 PM



Great bowl and knife Dick!
They ve turned out great and that olive wood is fantastic.
Looks like you ve jumped in.
Keep it up!

- MrWolfe

Thanks, I need to remember my mask – that olive leaves a funny taste

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#10 posted 12-27-2020 06:38 PM



Again, there s no end to your talent. Those will sell like hot cakes or ice cream. I m a fan of olive wood now.
Nice job, Dick

- Jerry Spencer

Thanks Jerry – If you run into some olive don’t pass it up, really nice lumber

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#11 posted 12-27-2020 06:39 PM



Nice bowl, Dick! I’ve been saving the “good” wood until I can get through something I have more of (like birch) without feeling like I’ve gotten something completely wrong. Great work diving in and not making firewood!

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks Dave, been waiting for some drawer fronts

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#12 posted 12-27-2020 06:41 PM



Turned out real nice. The wood is beautiful.

- FrenchGoattoys

Thanks for looking – you should have some olive available out there since there’s several groves in Ca.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 12-27-2020 06:42 PM



Great looking first bowl! Glad it didn t get flung off into the abyss!

- woodshaver Tony C

Thanks Tony, you can be sure that I stood off to the side through out the entire process.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#14 posted 12-27-2020 06:45 PM



Beautiful bowl and Like the design of the knife, Great Job!

- oldrivers

Thanks – I sort of copied a small butter knife

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Andre

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#15 posted 12-27-2020 07:57 PM

Turned out real nice, love Olive wood, makes great pens, my first bowl was Walnut!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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