Bowl Making! - Showing off some of our new toys in action!! #16: Moving along - 3 big bowls turned

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 09-21-2014 03:16 AM 1151 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Massive Manzanita! - The pallet arrived the project begins! Part 16 of Bowl Making! - Showing off some of our new toys in action!! series Part 17: "Seven Bowls in Seven Minutes" - Making of Manzanita Burl Bowls »

Three big bowls are turned … working on the picking, the cleanup, the sanding, the polishing, then finishing, then more polishing, then more finishing, then more polishing, etc etc etc etc …

Hit a few small rocks so far …

Some of the turned pieces …

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 09-21-2014 04:01 AM

Beautiful work Eric!

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#2 posted 09-21-2014 10:26 AM

Wow! Amazing.

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#3 posted 09-21-2014 11:52 PM

Fifth bowl snapped my scraper handle in half – split it clean down the center and took the tool tip out of it! Ugh .. well surprised actually that it took that long for that too happen. I ordered a new one with a wood handle just to keep going. I’ll probably make an osage handle for this one. Then soon as more of these things start to sell I will get the carbon fiber handle and setup a custom heavy duty scraper.

The fourth bowl turned out quite nice, photos pending – needs some cleanup though still on the faceplate. The 5th is going to be MUCH deeper, the deepest of them all of far. I got caught up on a root cutoff and it grabbed the scraper on me. I had my forearm over the handle and was pressing down on the tool so the force of the cutting was going through the metal into the tool handle. But it caught … and was plenty of force to snap the handle.

Such is life … I pulled back quick and attempted to save it but snapped! No harm, no injury … woke me up though pretty quick!

I’ll have a new one by Tuesday and be moving on again. Got a job interview and meeting w/ a lawyer over some BS tomorrow so I gotta prep for that and such I won’t be in the shop anyway. Tuesday – I hope – it shows up early enough to get some work done.

OH – I cut one of the blanks in half so I will be getting two large shallow bowls out of that one. It was really really dense and dry so I figured it would be less stress/strain to do shallow hollows and get two bowls than one. Pricing wise that gives me two of lesser value than the big one but then I think the two of lesser value will together add up to more than one large one that’s harder to sell!

I have another blank I may do that with too … then the pancake – the BIG 36” one that will cut down to IDK around a 24-30” shallow bowl. That’ll probably be the last one I turn.

Got some video of today – actually annoyed the camera card filled up as I broke the tool. Oddly I would like to have had that on video. I do not plan to repeat that braking a tool, but never know with this stuff beating the hell out of everything it may happen again.

More to follow!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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