My first bowl and cup

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Project by glen posted 02-16-2013 01:40 AM 1333 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After some successes and many failures on my lathe, I decided to take a course in the fundamentals of woodturning through one of the local shops. It was a 2-day class and we covered a lot of things. The final project, as pictured, was a bowl. My first go at it, a nice simple design, and I’m pretty pleased. We also made a chalice (cup), a knob (which I broke in the final phase of it, so it ended up being a long-necked knob, italian as our instructor Terrry G said), and a spindle which taught all the important techniques of parting, cove and bead creation, etc.

Not the most advanced projects out there, but a nice start and worth sharing.

I learned a lot from the course and feel much safter and more confident at my lathe. I’d definitely recommend it for anyone who’s ever wanted to hone their skills/

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#1 posted 02-16-2013 02:31 AM

A fine looking bowl ,well done.

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#2 posted 02-16-2013 02:53 AM

Really nice great job for your first pieces.Do you have any wood turning clubs in your area?Were I am her in Maine we have one great club Southern Maine Wood turners and in the town I live in there’s a bunch of turners and we get together once a month at different peoples shops and try different techniques its a lot of fun.

-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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#3 posted 02-16-2013 03:34 AM

@captbbrooks – yeah, there is a woodturning club here in Calgary. It’s actually out of the same shop that I did the course at. They showed us their setup – they have a cage with lights and cameras that then project up on to a big screen so everyone can see what’s going on. The shop ( gets a number of guests in every few weeks as well. I’m not sure I’ll get into turning that seriously, but I certainly feel better having a bit more skill and knowledge for when I need it.

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#4 posted 02-16-2013 04:08 AM

Nice job on your first bowl etc. Don’t worry bout whether you will get into it or not cause you been bit now. Haaa Haaa

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#5 posted 02-16-2013 04:32 AM

Very pleasant looking first bowl. I see on your bio that you are a surgeon. Interesting; can’t be too many surgeon woodworkers out there. I know my doc thinks woodworking is way too dangerous for him . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 02-16-2013 10:08 PM

Good job.

-- Tommy,

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#7 posted 02-17-2013 12:34 AM

nice turning’s…i recently attended a “how to make a peppermill” class at our local Woodcraft store and i fully agree it honed my skills and i feel safer at attempting new turnings in the future…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#8 posted 02-17-2013 12:40 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

@Monte – Yeah, I only know of one other surgeon who does woodworking. Sure, there’s a chance I could injure myself to the point that I couldn’t work as a surgeon, but there’s also a chance I’ll trip over one of my dogs when I get up in the middle of the night and break my neck. If something was going to happen, I’d rather it happen while doing something I love like woodworking, snowboarding, riding my motorcycle, and I’m not going to keep myself from enjoying these things because of fear. Don’t get me wrong, I have a healthy respect for the inherent dangers in all those activities, but I do my best to go about it smartly. Yet another reason why I took the course. Remember – safety third ;) (WWMM)

Be safe everyone and take care.

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