Christmas presents on time this time: Cherry Bowls

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Project by griph0n posted 01-14-2011 07:24 AM 1470 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the last of the bowls, aside from the many fragments in the burn box. I can honestly say that there are at least as many broken bowls there as posted here. Some spectacular explosions with a “holy #@”, some with just a whimper and an “ooh shoot”.

Of these I think I like the shape of the first one, but just between you and me, I think it was my third or fourth bowl, the shape was just lucky and the wall thickness is crap. Knife thin on the edge and thumb thick on the bottom. the third cherry bowl on the other hand has perfect walls, but too straight sides.

How do you get that perfect curve?

I think I’ll go back to the spruce now…. or ahem, after I finish a few previously scheduled chair projects for the house. Then I’ll go back to the lathe….or maybe just one more maple bowl first. I’ve only shaped maple once on the lath and the blanks are already cut and waiting, would just be an hour?

They’ve all left home as Christmas presents, on time this year, except for the first little cherry bowl. Blind and dumb is perfection.

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 04:17 AM

Those are come very nice bowls! If you want to have some spectacular explosions, try turning some deep spalted maple bowls with a thin wall. I blew up a 6” high one into a million pieces.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 06:07 AM

very nice bowls

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 01:15 PM

How do you get the perfect curve? I’m still trying to figure that out after 25 years of turning! Seriously, it’s a matter of practice and good body mechanics. Learning to relate the inside to the outside is really one of the toughest and most important points. Remember, the wall thickness doesn’t have to be even all the way through, but there should be a “rhythm” to it. A thicker base and thinner rim isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just depends on how it’s done.

How to learn this? Turn some bowls and then cut them in half, especially if they don’t feel right somehow. You’ll find this very enlightening.

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#4 posted 03-17-2011 12:07 AM

These look awesome, they all have very interesting shapes. lets see some more! haha.

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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