I had a chance, yesterday, to spend another delightful afternoon/evening with Mike (aka jockmike2). Each time I visit, it seems my confidence level goes up a notch and I spend more time doing some actual turning. So there was much progress with the bowl I was working on and it would seem that it is not destined to spend the rest of its days as a permanent addition to Mike’s chuck.
The piece we worked on is a chunk of maple that Mike was kind enough to donate to the teaching process. He would prefer that I not share credit but, being the honest guy I am, I do have to give credit where credit is due. One thing I found endlessly amazing was watching Mike’s process on dealing with checks that would randomly appear in the wood. At times, I was very skeptical that the wood was even turnable. Then Mike would step in, squeeze in the CA glue and rub in some sawdust. After spraying the activator, work would commence until a new split was discovered and the process would repeat itself.
Being new to the process, I wanted to keep the bowl simple. I was also a little paranoid about the checks so I went with a more short and squat bowl design. I am more drawn to rustic and simple pieces, not because they are easy (sometimes simplicity is not so simple in execution) but because I believe they convey much without the necessity of excessive ornamental design.
At any rate, this is the bowl so far, without the first coat of poly that was sprayed on it before I left. On Friday, we will dose it with the second coat and Tuesday will be the start of another bowl.
Mike is a very patient person and a great personality to be around. I would say we both have fun and the company is a definite shot in the arm to help get me through the work week.
Happy woodworking all,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.