First bowl; spalted ambrosia maple

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Project by rmoore posted 04-11-2011 02:31 AM 1970 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wish I could say I turned this bowl by myself but I had help. I met a man ( Les ) who hosts a local wood turners club at his shop. I have been interested in turning for a while and started asking around to see if there was a club. He allowed me in to his shop and even his house and showed me some things he had built. Les offered to give me some lessons so I went back later with this piece of maple from a tree on my land. He did most of the shaping of the bowl.

The wood was green when we started, so I kept it in a paper bag until it dried. As it dried it took on an oval shape. The bowl was so far out of round that it couldn’t be turned any further. I used a random orbital sander to smooth the outside and a flexible contour sander mounted in the drill press to do the inside. I sanded down to 600 grit then sealed with sanding sealer. I sanded the sealer then used steel wool followed by rubbing with a paper bag. That was the first time I used a paper bag and was surprised at how well it made it shine. I sealed it again and sanded and rubbed some more.

I know it’s thicker than most bowls and not as smooth but my wife likes it and I can’t wait to try another on my own.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 02:34 AM


-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 02:59 AM

Great first bowl !!! Lot of figure in the wood. Looking forward to your next.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 04-11-2011 04:31 AM

great looking bowl
i see a turtle in the bowl figure
i love it please make more
if you need to get rid of some wood let me know ! lol


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 04-11-2011 05:14 AM

Good eye, kiefer! My wife said the same thing. It looks even more like a turtle on the bottom.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#5 posted 04-11-2011 01:39 PM

Good looking first bowl..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 04-11-2011 10:47 PM

Awesome first bowl. I see another spalted ambrosia maple bowl. I just put one on here that I finished up the other day. I love the natural edge on this bowl. You said you know its thicker that most but personally I like a think natural edge. It gives you a view of the bark and the beauty that is under it. I love the ambrosia maple. I buy it from a guy in Sarasota, Fl but have to drive 2 hours to get it and I’m almost out so if you by any chance have any to get rid of, hit me up and let me know. Other than that I’d say your off to a good start to be a great turner from the looks of this bowl. Great job!!

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#7 posted 04-13-2011 12:37 AM

Great first one hope to see more.

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#8 posted 04-15-2011 02:13 PM

great first bowl, help of not! hope to see more as you progress

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#9 posted 04-16-2011 09:05 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. michelletwo, I am clueless how you do the turnings you do. Beautiful stuff! I have so much to learn.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#10 posted 07-27-2011 10:22 AM

Able to turn something like that on the first try…..pehaps I should take my turner friend up on hit offer to give me a few classes. Your bowl is really nice

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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