Bowl Making! - Showing off some of our new toys in action!! #2: We setup our new Carter Hollow Roller System!

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 04-19-2013 03:52 AM 1857 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The first Coring Part 2 of Bowl Making! - Showing off some of our new toys in action!! series Part 3: Four Manzanita Bowls - Fruits of the weekends hollowing! »

Along with an assortment of lathe upgrades and other toys and tools we recently obtained a Carter Hollow Roller System.

“The Hollow Roller™ System is a captive boring bar system for safely turning hollow forms and bowls. The boring bar has a flat on the bottom that allows it to be captured by the three rollers housed in the torque arrestor. This removes the worry from turning hollow forms and vessels.” ...

So far – it worked great! We turned a manzanita burl blank quickly from a lump of wood into a hollow form. The hollowing was efficient, smooth, and totally under control. Not a single jump or snag! The whole system was very simple to setup and just simply worked. Manzanita is tough stuff, and full of random changes in grain and voids. The tool held totally steady and strong and on track.

This is a very very simple machine, yet its invaluable in configuring a production operation for hand made bowls/vessels. I know that sounds contradictory – but we have to produce unique and original creations in a time frame that allows us to make a profit.

There will be a lot to come from this new toy; this should earn its keep and hit profit very quickly. Keep tabs, we’ll post more projects soon!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 04-19-2013 04:42 AM

Eric, got one of these about 6 months ago. What a valuable tool for any deep hollowing. It became so much easier to hollow that I seem to have 10 or more project going at a time. Sure worth the price.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 04-20-2013 11:50 PM

Used it again for a while today – I hollowed out an egg shaped manzanita burl in a fraction of the time it would have taken me without the device. Not to mention no kicks or jumps or grabs. Can’t believe how much material that little cutter took out. I’ll get some photos of it later, kinda got into the project and didn’t snap any in progress.

The only thing I haven’t figured out now is how in some of these vessels I’m gonna sand it. I got one of those self powered orbitals that works quite well. I need to stockpile disks for it.

The deepest regions though are still a problem and flat bottoms. I also got some of those buffy ball things those are pretty cool too.

I bought 8 new plates about two months ago and we end up having those and all our original ones in use. I plan to order more next month.

Of course I also make a lot of junk now. Some bowls man – uck … you start and you toss it quickly in the burn pile. To be fair I’m pulling a lot of half rotten firewood salvages.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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