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Very beautiful wood. Great project.
 

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Wow, that is a beautiful piece, Mike. I love to turn crotch wood and this gives me an idea for one sitting next to the lathe right now.. thanks, Jim
 

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Thanks guys, glad y'all like it!

Jim, glad I could provide some inspiration!
 

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very cool, great job
 

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Awesome…this is one of my favorite styles of turnings. Any tips on avoiding catastrophy when turning irregular stock like that? I'm looking forward to trying my hand at turning for the first time in the near future and want to use live edge stock like this one.
 

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Junipercanyon,

I'm glad you like the piece! Steady hands and a good foundation of turning skills are really what is needed to create a piece like this.

To recreate this piece exactly, you'll need a goose neck tool to hollow the shoulder area of this bowl along with a boring bar, and bowl gouge. A large scraper would be handy to help smooth out the surface, but continuous motion with a bowl gouge will negate the need for a scraper.

I would highly recommend starting off with simple shapes on the small side of the spectrum before taking on a design that has a void in it. One really needs to have a good understanding of tool use/control which is best learned on smaller open forms where accidents are much more forgiving.

I have documented a handful of turning on my blog woodshopmike.blogspot.com (which is migrating to woodshopmike.com) I'm also beginning to record the majority of my turnings/projects which I'll be posting to my blog and youtube.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I really enjoy conversation regarding all facets of woodworking. Also, my advice above is solely in the interest of safety. I'm sure some people could approach a hollow form project without any prior turning knowledge and come out the other end successfully. However, I'm sure those folks are far and few between.

Best of luck and let me know when you get your first piece under your belt!

Regards,

Mike
 
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