Take a peek into my bowl making process! Lately, I have been doing a lot of studying and reading about how to make good videos. One thing I noticed about the particular mistakes made in poor videos is that most of the mistakes violate one basic principle: that video is visual. It sounds obvious once stated, yet notice that when you watch a boring video, it is usually what you are seeing that bores you, more so than the dialog and other audio. This video is a homework assignment that I a...
This is a video I made to promote my turning sales, but I think that my fellow woodturners and woodworkers will enjoy it as well. Ooop! Almost forgot the disclaimer: WARNING: Woodturning can—is—highly addictive. Brian Havens, The Fallen Tree, and any and all of their associates cannot be held liable for any lost wages, lost time, lost income, rehabilitation costs, spousal disputes, or any other damages resulting from anyone becoming a woodturner as a result of watching this video...
I came across a nice sized burl in a tree that had come down. Unfortunately, there was a chain sticking out of it. But I didn’t want to pass up the burl. I figured, “No problem. I’ll just unscrew the anchor and still get a nice sized bowl.” While attempting this I broke anchor (or what I thought was the anchor) at the wood’s surface. So I mounted the piece on my lathe anyway and started to turn. My intent was to carefully remove enough wood around the m...
Cole jaws arrived today. So it was off to the garage to finish the salt cellar. All in all I’m very pleased. Only a few things irk the perfectionist in me. 1) A line on the lip on the underside of the lid. Must have gotten a little reckless with the skew chisel or something. 2) There’s some tear out on the knob at it’s largest diameter. I don’t remember getting any catches while doing this part, but I guess anything’s possible. Or maybe I can just say it...
Well I just wanted to put out there that I sold my first bowl on etsy yesterday. Here is a link to my shop. I was excited because I didn’t know the person. Here is a pic of the bowl sold.
So after watching some videos on segmented bowl construction and turning, I decided to give it a shot while I wait for my cole jaws to arrive in the mail. I actually went to a lumber place and bought a few pieces: some walnut, alder, cherry, and something with the word “african” in it… maybe mahogany, but I’m not 100% sure. And then, after I got home, whinging internally about spending $40 on an amount of wood you could maybe build a desk for a barbie doll out of, ...
This is my first “real” wood turning project. My scroll chuck just arrived today, and this is what I’ve done so far. Eventually, the bowl will be parted off and a lid will be made from the remaining wood. Finish is mineral oil. It’s about 3” OD and will be about 2” tall (without lid). A few side views: I will probably have to let this sit for a while until my cole jaws show up. Guess I’ll have to go back to practicing on 2×...
This project started off with a freshly milled slab of black walnut (Juglans nigra) that was 18/4 thick, 14” wide, and 65” long. It seemed like it would have been lonely in the back of the truck on the way home, so I picked up two of them. The tree was cut about a week ago, and slabbed a couple of days before I picked them up. They were heavy. I barely managed to get them out of the truck by myself. My lathe has a 14” swing, so my blank need to be just under 10R...
After some success with pens and a few bottle stoppers, I decided a bowl was overdue. I picked up a couple 2×6 rounds last week of curly maple and decided to see what kind of bowl I could fashion from one. I located center and attached the faceplate with some screws. My intention was to cut the bottom of the bowl for the Nova Chuck and shape it as much I could before turning it around and hollowing out the inside. I made the recess and shape the outside curve then sanded it to 600 grit. ...
I have been doing a little research into a bowl finish that will handle boiling water. I e-mailed General Finish and here’s the exchange: Me: Is General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish, when cured, safe to use for applications that come in contact with boiling water? GF: ... a better product would be our new water base wood turners finish, it is water base and has no odor- so you would not have to wait a month to use it. I would still wait a good two weeks for the product to cure befo...
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