Vortex Bowl

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Project by TheDane posted 07-23-2021 07:58 PM 738 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at a vortex segmented turning, otherwise referred to as a “bowl from a board”.

In this case, the “board” is a spiral disk, comprised of segments cut on the bandsaw, then parted into rings that are stacked and turned.

Bowl is 8” in diameter and about 2-1/4” deep. Segments are black walnut and hard maple, finish is 5 coats of wipe-on poly.

The design, and the jig used to cut the segments, were inspired by Gary Asher, ThePapa1947 on Youtube.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 07-23-2021 09:05 PM

Gerry this bowl is outstanding. I don’t believe I’ve eve seen a spiral. it must of gotten you dizzy some. Well done.

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

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#2 posted 07-23-2021 10:29 PM

Very different, very nice and great workmanship. Reminds me of a Pin wheel.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 07-23-2021 11:32 PM

Very cool and that jig in the video is pretty clever.

I’ve never seen anyone do the board from a board manually with a parting tool either. It is almost like a poor man’s Ringmaster. Thanks for the video link.

-- 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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#4 posted 07-24-2021 02:05 AM

very cool gerry.

-- 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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#5 posted 07-24-2021 02:08 AM

WOW!!! Love it..

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 07-24-2021 06:07 AM


-- Mark

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#7 posted 07-24-2021 11:09 AM

Very cool, no idea how you did that.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 07-24-2021 12:37 PM

That’s a cool-looking bowl, Gerry! Pretty impressive for a first attempt of new techniques.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 07-24-2021 02:43 PM


-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 07-24-2021 05:13 PM

fantastic -

-- 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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#11 posted 07-26-2021 03:15 PM

Very well done, watched the video, |How do you set the jig up to have them all fit together in a complete circle. seems to me that would be extremely difficult.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 07-26-2021 05:56 PM

How do you set the jig up to have them all fit together in a complete circle.

That’s the magic in Gary Asher’s design. If you follow his instructions and measure carefully and precisely, it works.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 07-27-2021 02:31 PM

Fantastic first attempt. Looks great!

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#14 posted 07-30-2021 07:37 PM

Very cool. Definitely going to have to try that!

-- MJH

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#15 posted 08-18-2021 01:38 AM

Nice work…perfect glue lines

-- Vince

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