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Several Years ago I bought a Nova Mini Lathe and chuck. I've never had any classes or experience with a wood lathe but I forged ahead and managed to throw chunks of wood all over the shop. I then decided to concentrate on my bowls and lamps using the lathe as a GREAT method for sanding.
That idea has worked out better than I could have expected but still and expensive sander.
A couple years ago a fellow LJ'er gave me a couple hints regarding mounting lumber for turning. I never used any of that info to my advantage until yesterday afternoon when I decided to jump in.
I usually make something in the shop with a purpose in mind and this bowl is especially fitting because nearly every day at 4 PM my wife, our neighbor lady and I have what we call Wine Bar. It usually consists of some crackers, cheese or spinich dip and sometimes baby swiss cheese and of course wine for the ladies and I'll have a beer or brandy. We sit around, tell lies and share our day.
So now getting back to my first experience making a bowl on my 3 year old new lathe.
I glued a block of cherry to a larger block of wild olive wood that I got from wildwoodbybrianjohns, Thanks Brian.
The olive wood was a 4" square x 1 5/8" thick with ample character. This morning with a deliberate purpose in mind I went to the shop and got started. It was quite a chore because I hadn't any idea of which tool to use nor really how to use it. I've been accused of being a quick learner so when one tool didn't do what I thought it should I grabbed another and tried that one. Speed was a major factor as well, it seemed with this dense olive wood that faster was better so off I went.
The bowl is nearly 4" across with a 1 1/8" depth and just under 1/4" side wall.
Now because I intend to use the bowl for cheese dip I had to have a little sheese spreader and thus the mini knife mad out of olive wood as well. I tried to make it proportionate to the bowl and it's 5 3/4" long, about 1/4" thick and about 1 1/8" at the widest point. In picture 6 you can see the edge is not cutting sharp[ but has a thin blunt edge. It's not intended to cut but rather just spread -
I soaked both pieces in mineral oil to hardly no avail because the olive is so dense I pretty sure any oil is just surface only.

I hope you enjoy looking at these as as much as I enjoyed making them. Again, Thank You Brian for my olive wood stash, this is gonna be fun !

Comments and criticism are always welcome so let the newbie turner have it - I can take it

A couple more pics



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Beautiful bowl for a firsty Dick. Wow, olive wood, I didn't get to nicer wood to about my fifth bowl. They usually ended up as coasters. Nice work and being as it's a user makes it even better. I bet you can't wait to make the next one.
 

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Great bowl and knife Dick!
They've turned out great and that olive wood is fantastic.
Looks like you've jumped in.
Keep it up!
 

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Again, there's no end to your talent. Those will sell like hot cakes or ice cream. I'm a fan of olive wood now.
Nice job, Dick
 

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Nice bowl, Dick! I've been saving the "good" wood until I can get through something I have more of (like birch) without feeling like I've gotten something completely wrong. Great work diving in and not making firewood!
 

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Turned out real nice. The wood is beautiful.
 

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Great looking first bowl! Glad it didn't get flung off into the abyss!
 

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Beautiful bowl and Like the design of the knife, Great Job!
 

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Beautiful bowl for a firsty Dick. Wow, olive wood, I didn t get to nicer wood to about my fifth bowl. They usually ended up as coasters. Nice work and being as it s a user makes it even better. I bet you can t wait to make the next one.

- doubleDD
Thanks
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Yeah, I was pleased with the end result and yes I'll most likely make several sets - they'll sell quickly
 

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Great bowl and knife Dick!
They ve turned out great and that olive wood is fantastic.
Looks like you ve jumped in.
Keep it up!

- MrWolfe
Thanks, I need to remember my mask - that olive leaves a funny taste
 

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Again, there s no end to your talent. Those will sell like hot cakes or ice cream. I m a fan of olive wood now.
Nice job, Dick

- Jerry Spencer
Thanks Jerry - If you run into some olive don't pass it up, really nice lumber
 

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Nice bowl, Dick! I've been saving the "good" wood until I can get through something I have more of (like birch) without feeling like I've gotten something completely wrong. Great work diving in and not making firewood!

- Dave Polaschek
Thanks Dave, been waiting for some drawer fronts
 

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Turned out real nice. The wood is beautiful.

- FrenchGoattoys
Thanks for looking - you should have some olive available out there since there's several groves in Ca.
 

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Great looking first bowl! Glad it didn t get flung off into the abyss!

- woodshaver Tony C
Thanks Tony, you can be sure that I stood off to the side through out the entire process.
 

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Beautiful bowl and Like the design of the knife, Great Job!

- oldrivers
Thanks - I sort of copied a small butter knife
 

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Turned out real nice, love Olive wood, makes great pens, my first bowl was Walnut!
 

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Turned out real nice, love Olive wood, makes great pens, my first bowl was Walnut!

- Andre
Thanks for looking - I'll probably never do a pen
 

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Dick,
This bowl and spreader came out great, makes a really nice accessory to your afternoon wine bar parties.

You might want to try YouTube for information in turning if you're interested, there's a lot of good videos produced as teaching aids. There's probably some good videos here in LJs too.

Have fun with your new - old lathe.
 

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Trivia fact: 1

I forged ahead and managed to throw chunks of wood all over the shop.

So not only did they get thrown all over the shop complete bowls actually made it intact and landed in places far away like Hong Kong, Dyraaba and Brisbane in Australia!

and I an tipping in other directions too!

tee hee
 

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Came out really really nice, Dick. So much character in that wood, you picked a good hunk to do a bowl with. You dont really need any finish with olivewood, but you might want to raise the grain with a little water and sand back. If´n you dont get any splits, that bowl should last a very long time, like centuries.
 

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Looks nice Dick. I like that Olive wood.

Lathes are a lot like any other tool, the more you fool with it, the better you get. My only turning advice is Chuck the wood in tightly, and wear a face shield in case you really didn't. DAMHIKT
 
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