Bowl Making! - Showing off some of our new toys in action!! #9: TBD - Masterpiece or Disaster?

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 01-07-2014 04:24 PM 1192 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Rounding out 2013 - A Review of this year's bowls! Part 9 of Bowl Making! - Showing off some of our new toys in action!! series Part 10: Pending arrival ... a 100 year old manzanita trunk! »

This blank came from the walnut tree we picked up over the summer – a storm fall from I think Irene that was a standing dead tree, then laying dead for a couple years. I sliced out this triple trunk section figuring it would make a nice bowl. It’s been sitting for a while, now has some spalt in it – we’ll see how deep.

I decided to spin today – IDK 40lbs maybe? I had tried it on the delta and it was too heavy and shook the machine. This PowerMatic 3520B – doesn’t move at ALL! I cleaned up the outside so far then decided to go a little different. I set a 3” faceplate into the crotch, which will now be the base of the bowl.

I then flipped it, and setup to core it. Having some trouble getting the coring rig working right, but it’s getting there. I then decided before popping through to bore out the center of the core. I plan to glue up a cap and base on this in a contrasting wood, likely maple or cherry, and then a three layer bowl out of the core.

Meanwhile – once that’s popped out I’ll continue to hollow with the intent to get a nice deep three legged bowl. We’ll see how this works out, hoping its unique! Worse case it’s gonna be some expensive firewood. At least it didn’t explode, and I only broke it off the 3” face plate once. I think I’m going to reset it tomorrow with longer screws.

More to follow as the project continues!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 01-07-2014 04:48 PM

WOW, i would have been scared to just turn the lathe on with that thing on it. Nice work

-- John Gray

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 12:30 AM

Welllllll TBD on the nice work, the interior bowl is a loss. I had to stop yesterday and I should not have. Everything moved on me and the inside blew out I ended up removing it with a chainsaw. So much for bowl #2 … dag nabit.

Well … later in the week I will try to clean up the interior and see what we get. THIS is an experiment, and it’s all end grain. not sure its going to work out all that well!?

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#3 posted 01-08-2014 03:22 AM

Just like a suspense novel – the best ones have a disaster in the middle.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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