After having a “bad bowl day” last week, I called a nearby AAW mentor from our local chapter list. Today was the day, and WOW was it a good afternoon! Spent some time exchanging backgrounds and going over the pile of tools I brought (bowl gouges, scrapers, parting and pyramid tool), it was rewarding that all my sharpening studies and practicing have paid off. The tools passed muster, yeah!
OK, time to turn. After he green-turned a cherry bowl from start to finish for an overview, we mounted my bowl in the lathe. It is a maple bowl I green-turned about 5 years ago, now very dry, and carried a couple of scars from my catches last week. The general shape met with approval :-) and the grain is nicely arranged. I learned a couple of new things about how to approach a slightly warped now-dry bowl, and under close supervision used my Schweitzer 3/8” bowl gouge to clean up the outside. Then turned it around to do the “eeeek!” inside. That was tough, but eventually I got there, riding the bevel and getting fairly clean cuts. A little curved scraper work to clean things up, a little more tomorrow in my own shop, and then on to sanding and finishing.
No pics tonight, I’m exhausted! Five hours at his shop, more mental concentration than I’ve done in quite awhile! Bless the AAW, what a fantastic organization and group of people.
-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)