I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but even though I’ve been getting better, I’ve only been turning out an average of about one small turning a day. The reason for this is that, being left handed, and with a bad back, the awkward way I have to lean over sometimes to take those hollowing cuts made me have to take frequent breaks. It also was leaving me hurting a lot of times.
Then today a light bulb went off in my head and I wondered how anyone could be so foolish. There is a reason the head of my lathe rotates.
I started this bowl yesterday. I had friends over to the shop yesterday though and had forgotten it was still in the chuck on the lathe until I went into the shop this morning. So I finished it. It is made of sapelle and finished with boiled linseed oil.
Next, I’d seen some of these rectangular shaped turnings on the internet and decided to give it a try. I figured that, if nothing else, it would be more practice at turning with a lot of open air.
Actually, it seems that most everything I’m turning now I see as a learning opportunity more than anything else. Some of it may not be great, but with enough practice, I beleive I’ll get there.
This is made of sycamore and finished with boiled linseed oil. I’ve used a lot of sycamore with flat style wood working. I thought it would be a great wood for turning. Based on what I seen with this one though, I’m not so sure it is a good wood for turning. I may try it again one day with something that doesn’t have so many open areas in it.
Then this last bowl I also done just as practice. I am having problems sometimes when I get into tight posts while hollowing. On things a tad larger, I have no issues. If my angle of approach on my tools isn’t right, I have plenty of time to correct myself and ride the bevel in. However, in tight spots, there is little time, if any, and it is easy to get a catch if you don’t go in correctly and swiftly turn the gouge a bit to ride that bevel.
This bowl is only three inches wide. That made for a nice small area to work with repeatedly to get it hollowed out all the way in.
This one is also sapelle, and is also finished with boiled linseed oil.
All this brings me to a question, or a few, for you wood turners out there.
What type of finish do you all use?
What is best for bowls?
What finish will allow one to use a bowl for liquids, such as soup or milk in cereal, be washed in water, and still hold up over time?
Will the finished bowl still wick up liquids and constantly expand and contract?
What is the best way to get that shiny, almost wet look on finished pieces?
I guess the simple way will be to just say I need all the finishing advice I can get. I know I need more sandpaper. I have no where near the grit selection I know I’m going to need if I want the best results. As soon as I’m able to afford it, I will get some sand paper. In the mean time, I want to start learning all I can about finishes. I hope to soon make some pieces that can be in a finished state and be used in my own kitchen, and I have a few friends I wish to make finished bowls for.