Japanese inspired bowl (and my first bowl turning)

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Japanese inspired bowl
and my first bowl turning…

No long story, just my daughter and I taking a walk in the forest, finding a fresh cut piece of beech tree, left from a forester.
Looking at this for some weeks.
Then a moment in the workshop, by the lathe, shavings, dust, focus, concentration, coffee and a good feeling in the stomach.
Ohh yes and finding out how all those jaws and stuff fits together and fits on the lathe.

The wood wanted to become a little Japanese bowl, one of those made today from melamine, I do not really know why, just came out that way, I had no plan.

So after I had to make a lid, this time more rough, with visible fibers, a match for my bucket I thought, so I hand carved a little knob and then paint it all red.

Now I have a wonderful little bowl, it can be for candy, but also I have learned myself a way to make a bowl, and I have a wonderful memory of the walk in the forest with my sweet daughter each time I look at the bowl.

Who knows, perhaps for candy!

1. Bowl, outside in the wonderful sun that was released from the sky today.
2. A piece of wood, finding a good spot for a circle.
3. Spinning the lathe, getting a feel of the wood.
4. Shape was pre destined by the jaw, and I liked this ‘foot lock’, so I decided not to change it.
5. Bowl – lid from pine found a piece with a beautiful knot off center, made it thin and crispy – knob – bunch of cut offs that became small handles after (Mr. Recycle strikes).
6. Lid held in place while drying, since it was so thin it started to wobble when wet, my bucket, and look Mike, I’m starting on the binding now my lathe is off the table again.

It was a pleasure, an inspiration, not as easy as I expected, but once I listened to the wood, and the tools, it just happened, one of those fine moments in life.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, it opened my eyes,

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 03-22-2011 11:46 PM

you deffently have connection to the lathe that is a very very fine bowl at first shot

thank´s for sharing

take care

Psssst ….. where is the pibe :-)

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 11:48 PM

very nice bowl. I too have had grand ideas of what a turning should look like but the wood told me otherwise. So far, the wood has not failed me on what it wants to be. I however at times, have forced my design to end up with an ugly bowl and/or scrap. stay true to the art and the mind will follow.

-- Frank, or

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#3 posted 03-22-2011 11:51 PM

Hehehe, welcome to your new addiction ;)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 03-23-2011 12:02 AM

That is a very fine first bowl. Nice work,mads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#5 posted 03-23-2011 12:05 AM

Great first bowl. I wouldn’t expect anything else from you. Will I see some DIY Mads style turning tools in the future? Thanks for sharing.


-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 03-23-2011 12:07 AM

Sweet nice bowl Mads. The red lid sets it off and makes it even more special. Also congratulations on completing your first bowl. I still have my first one, and it looks just awful compared to yours. It looks like you have been bitten by the turning bug, let me know if you need an antidote. And yes, I did detect the banding material. I should be doing that myself, but I’ve been lying low due to my dental surgery last Friday.

Earlier in the week my wife and I had to put on a party to celebrate my MIL’s 90th birthday for her remaining 6 brothers and their wives and her older sister! It was wonderful that my wife and I were the youngest at the party. Ah, youth, how sweet it is! After that a lot of snow, so no progress on my bucket yet. I’m not sure when I will be in shape to get my bands done. I just have to take it a day at a time right now.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-23-2011 12:09 AM

Mafe, this looks like an excuse to have some “handy candy” out in the shop LOL
Great little bowl, the lid coloured sets it of :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 03-23-2011 12:25 AM

I think the most enjoyable part is how fast it goes from a piece of wood to a finished item.

The proportions are great and as the piece starts developing its own finish, it will only improve with age. Just be careful that the lid doesn’t get locked on as it moves and settles into its final shape. Take it off every day or two for a while just to make sure you still can.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#9 posted 03-23-2011 12:38 AM

looks good to me.. very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 03-23-2011 12:47 AM

First of all my package arrived today thankyou Mads. I can hardly believe that is your first attempt at a bowl it’s brilliant Mads in fact I’m bowled over by it,ha! ha!. The first bowl & turned ended up as a platter … shattered right at the end. You did a great job, but I would expect nothing less from you I guess we’re going to see a lot more bowls.
My very best

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#11 posted 03-23-2011 01:25 AM

Mafe yet again you amaze. I am never ceased to be amazed at your imagination and ability to be able to just pck things up and let them transform themselves into beautiful pieces of work. good job

John Paul

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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#12 posted 03-23-2011 02:04 AM

Very nice Mads.
The wood spoke to you.
And memories to keep.
A sweet combination.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 03-23-2011 02:05 AM

First bowl turning? Great result my friend, as usual. I like it. Thanks for sharing.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#14 posted 03-23-2011 02:15 AM

hi nice start to your new journey in this wonderful world of wood turning listen to the wood let it take you where it wants to go don’t force it work with it and it will take you on a journey you will love and have great fun on looking forward to seeing your next Creation


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#15 posted 03-23-2011 02:21 AM

@branch: Well said. I like it.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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