Hormigo Bowl

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Project by Sam posted 01-31-2011 06:22 AM 2730 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am still learning how to turn bowls (this is my third) so please feel free to offer some constructive comments for my future turnings. This is a bowl I made from a 2×2x6 blank that I purchased from my local Woodcraft. I had never heard of the type of wood (Hormigo Negro) but I thought I would give it a try since it looked nice and was less expensive than some of the others. I sanded it to 400, applied a dark HUT friction polish, then topped it off with liquid Shellawax friction polish. Thanks for checking it out! -sam

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 06:56 AM

Hey Sam
Go back to your woodworking store and tell them you need some CA glue (red label) and some Pentacryl. When you turn the outside – brush on the Pentacryl like the directions stat and let it sit for a day or two. Then you can turn the inside and brush on Pentacryl again. The CA glue can be used along with some of the turning dust to seal the cracks.

There also ought to be a Wood Turners club near you where you can go to get information and tips on turning. When you have time visit the AAW website at

They have a chapter in Louisville and one in Lexington and some others nearby depending on your location. The best $30 I spent last year was to join one of these clubs and I’m here to tell you at the end of almost every monthly session we have – my brain is draining out of both ears. WOW!
I like your bowl. I haven’t heard of the wood either. I’ve been using maple cherry hawthorne and cypress only cause I got it real reasonable – like free. BTW my comma button doesn’t work.

Hang in there you do get better and turning can really be an addiction.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 07:11 AM

Thanks for the tips Joe! A few moments ago I just read about your “bowl for your neighbor” and noticed that you mentioned Pentacryl. I will definitely look this one up and try it on future projects. I live in Northern Kentucky so the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild looks like it might be the one for me. I have been turning pens for a few years, but this bowl thing is new. Thank you so much for the comments and suggestions!

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 10:21 PM

Nice looking bowl. Real purdy. Looks better than mine. I have to use a router, no lathe. I like that Hormingo Negro wood you have there. Was going to ask about the cracks along the side but I see JoeR aswered thoses questions. Thanks for the pictures and posting the blank size.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 03-04-2012 02:16 PM


Looks like a good start. I have been turning for about a year and a half. Like you mostly pens, but have recently started green bowl turning. I have about a dozen rough bowls curing in bags. I really feel like green bowls are a great way to practice up the skills. I just hit up the tree trimmer/removal guys for whatever they have and rough it out. If it cracks, or I get a catch, it just goes in the firewood pile.

Since you are in Hebron, I would encourage you to check out Hardwood Lumber and More in Milford. They offer turning classes like “green bowl” periodically and they are affordable. OVWG is a good idea also. Those guys do demos at Rockler and Woodcraft on Satursdays quite often. Chat them up and see if a meeting is the place for you.

Joe’s advice sounds good and I will have to keep it in mind. The cracking is a little surprising from a blank that was sold to you dried. It may be a matter of acclimating the wood to your turning environment. I turn in a garage and usually leave the blanks for a time in there to adjust, but as I turn in a garage this is less than scientific.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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