Ash bowl (#6)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 02-03-2021 10:31 PM 823 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bowl turned from ash. About 5 inches in diameter, and a little under 2 inches high.

The bottom is thicker than I’d like. I had a nice tenon on the bottom that should’ve made a nice base, but had an oops while hollowing, snapped part of the tenon, and ended up sawing it off because I couldn’t figure a good way to hold the bowl on the lathe.

I ended up using a #3 sweep 30mm gouge to slightly dish the bottom of the bowl, but forgot to take a picture of that. Only one bit of tear out on the top that I’m unhappy about, which is pretty good, I guess.

Finished almost entirely with scrapers, though I did take a piece of sandpaper to the rim.

Note: sent as a gift to my friend JohnW.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 02-03-2021 10:41 PM

Looks ok from here Dave

-- 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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#2 posted 02-03-2021 10:49 PM

In know you are sending some sort of subliminal message with the grain pattern but I cannot figure out what it might be. Regardless, a nice outcome.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 02-03-2021 11:50 PM

nice dave,im working on another myself maybe finish this weekend.been watching a lot of videos,hoping to avoid those “oops” moments-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 02-04-2021 12:09 AM

In know you are sending some sort of subliminal message with the grain pattern but I cannot figure out what it might be. Regardless, a nice outcome.

- Lazyman

I see that “message” too! 8^)

Nice work Dave!

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#5 posted 02-04-2021 02:16 AM

Thanks Dick, Nathan, Pottz, and Splint!

Pottz, I think it’s like dovetails. Everyone’s got a certain number of bad ones and the only way through is to get them out of your system.

I like the look of ash now. We’ll see how it ages…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 02-04-2021 04:08 AM

Looking Good.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 02-04-2021 04:12 AM

well done Dave,

You really bowled me over with that one!
A real spin out for sure!

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 02-04-2021 05:17 AM

Nice looking Dave. Fine work and ash is cool to work with with its wild grain. I had a oops the other day, glued it back together and its waiting its turn again. LOL.

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

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#9 posted 02-04-2021 07:02 AM

Love the grain on this bowl, and you did a good job turning it as well. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#10 posted 02-04-2021 12:27 PM

Thanks, Oldrivers, Rob, Dave, and Mel.

Yeah, I like the grain in the ash, and I bought a big stick a while ago and made just a few legs from it, so it’s kinda just sitting there. I think I have one more bowl-sized piece with an obvious knot that I need to turn some day soon.

I haven’t tried gluing anything back together and giving it a second try, Dave. I guess I should keep that in mind next time there’s lumber flying around the shop, but I’ve got some actual bowl blanks I need to turn before they dry out, and I’m hoping that turning green wood will mean less of that sort of excitement.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 02-04-2021 12:46 PM

Well done, very nice bowl.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 02-04-2021 01:25 PM

Thanks, Tom!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 02-04-2021 04:09 PM

Well I know I Love working on a nice piece of ASH! Saw the grain and thought that resemble a little bowl made from Cherry I just made:) It was an inch taller but the grain separated and chipped out!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#14 posted 02-04-2021 04:12 PM

Very nice work Dave.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 02-04-2021 04:31 PM

Cool bowl Dave.
I am seeing “JD” initials in the grain.
Turning is a whole new skill set and I’m trying to just learn with each piece. They always end up much shorter than I want (fixing little mishaps) or end up in the firewood pile (BIG MISHAPS). Its really cool to have a few that work out in the end. What are you using to sharpen your tools? I am starting to explore options for that. Green wood is fun to turn (i’ve only turned about a half dozen pieces so far) but I get a little confused about whether to dry quickly (small kiln) or slow the drying process so there are less cracks. There are so many different aspects to turning.

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