Get a grip on that bowl

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Blog entry by hairy posted 11-03-2011 05:50 PM 5796 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes I feel that a bowl needs a little help. Maybe a spout, a handle or just a little something extra. One way that I like to do it is by leaving extra material when I turn it, then removing most of it. Addition by subtraction.

That big fat lip on this bowl is now this leaf shaped handle.

I think of what I want the handle to look like, then I think about how it looks in profile, the side view.When I have it how I want, I cut off what must go. I used a bandsaw, but it could be done with hand tools. In this case it looks this way.

I use a combination of hand tools and a Dremel tool to shape the handle. Whatever works.

Grain orientation is important here. You want the long grain for strength in the handle.

These were done basically the same way.

Another example.

You can turn a fat lip into whatever your imagination can dream up. I’ve got an idea for a bird bowl, but so far all I have to show is firewood.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 11-03-2011 05:58 PM

Cool bowl.

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#2 posted 11-03-2011 07:12 PM

Thanks, Hairy!
wow, gotta say, I’d never heard of this technique but you can bet I’ll be trying this in the future. I still think about your really cool ice cream scoops, and how by mounting your stock on a different axis you can achieve some great sculptural effects. I’ve got a request for some hog-scraper candlestick holders, and I’ve been putting it off because I did not feel too sure about turning separate finger-ring holders…with this technique I’m pretty sure I can turn the candlestick holders AND finger-holds from one integral piece of stock. I’ve got to wait for a chance to clear the decks, about 3 more pressing obligations, then it’s back to the lathe, front and center. Thanks for the inspiration, Hairy!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 11-03-2011 07:36 PM

Hi Hairy, thanks for showing how it is done, so easy really but still awesome.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#4 posted 11-03-2011 08:00 PM

@ poopiekat. I’ve thought about candlestick holders like that, just haven’t tried yet. It should work.

@Cher. If it wasn’t easy, I couldn’t do it. Have fun with it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#5 posted 11-03-2011 08:22 PM

That is one clever technique.
Thanks for sharing it.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 11-03-2011 09:39 PM

That is really cool.
You one clever dude.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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