Second Bowl

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Project by rikkor posted 02-22-2008 09:39 PM 2554 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days ago I posted my first bowl. I was disappointed with it, but got a lot of encouragement anyway. This morning I took my time with a chunk of cherry and tried again. This time I rounded the blank on the bandsaw. I still have a lot to learn, but this one pleases me more than the first. It is still a little rough, but it was wet wood and I left it thick so I could re-round it in a few months. Constructive criticism welcomed.

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#1 posted 02-22-2008 09:50 PM

Can’t say much more than that it looks great!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 02-22-2008 10:04 PM


Since you asked for an honest critique of your work I have to be honest with you it doesn’t look like you are making satisfactory progress with your turnings.

You really should consider giving this technique up as I would hate to see your frustration levels get any higher.

You really need to quit cold turkey and, since I do not have anything to do this weekend, I will be more than happy to drive up and take your lathe off your hands. Since this is being done for health reasons I wouldn’t feel right charging you for it either.

Seriously for those of us who are “lathe challenged” this is an inspiration. If I thought I could produce a bowl like this I would have a lathe on order today (provided THE BOSS let me of course).

Thanks for the post. I have really got to put a lathe in my shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-22-2008 10:12 PM

:-) I thought Scott was serious at first! Good one…

I think the bowl looks great, what type of wood is that? I’d love to try turning some bowls soon, need to get a chuck for my lathe so I can give it a go.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#4 posted 02-22-2008 10:20 PM

Geez, so did I! I am paranoid enough without that kind of encouragement.

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 02-22-2008 11:05 PM

Looks nice from Ohio.

If it is green wood and thick walled, try wrapping it up to prevent cracking during the drying process.

Looking forward to the next one !



-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 02-22-2008 11:27 PM

Great looking bowl! If your wood was really green the bowl may go oblong as it dries. I would recommend the same as Dan—leave a tenon on the bowl and wrap it up or stick it in wood shavings until it dries out some more. You can then rechuck it up and finish turning it.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#7 posted 02-22-2008 11:43 PM

keep on turning

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#8 posted 02-23-2008 01:42 AM

Thanks for the input everyone.

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#9 posted 02-23-2008 02:24 AM

Getting better, keep up the good work.

Scott B: when I get my new lathe I may just have to ship you my midi, lol.

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 02-23-2008 06:48 AM

Nicely shaped bowl. I like the foot especially.

You might want to look over Bob#2's latest bowl project. There is a wealth of information on reverse chucking and a trick or two involving gluing on a waste block at the bottom of the bowl to aid mounting. As a newbie bowl turner, I found it very informative. And the segmented turning and finishing tips were something to aspire to.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#11 posted 02-23-2008 02:43 PM

so far, so good. as has been mentioned, set this one aside in some shavings for a couple months. when you come back to it after having more experience under your belt it’ll look great when you are done.
keep posting!

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#12 posted 02-23-2008 03:26 PM

phew.. I thought Scott was serious as well—sure made the compliment even sweeter!

Congratulations on an excellent bowl, especially since it is a 2nd.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 02-24-2008 06:18 PM

A very nice turning job indeed.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 03-02-2008 10:34 PM

Thick or thin, its a beautiful bowl. Looking forward to many more. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 03-02-2008 10:41 PM

It has already gone oval, so it is drying. A few more weeks and I should be able to re-round it and make it a bit thinner.

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