I got some pieces of spalted ambrosia maple and decided to turn a bowl and vase from the largest pieces. This piece of log was just a little over 12 inches in diameter and I cut it 8 inches long.
The piece was mounted between centers to start the rough turning. I have a spur drive that fits my nova chuck which saves a lot of time.
A recess is created in the rough turned piece and will be held internally by the nova chuck jaws.
With the piece secured in the Nova Jaw I started turning the bowl to shape. I do leave the tail stock engaged until the outside of the piece is turned to shape. This provides more support and is safer.
Once the outside is turned to shape I start on the inside. This piece has a bead turned on the rim and is undercut on the inside of the rim. One trick I use is to put a coat of beeswax on the inside of the bowl before I start with my scrapers doing the finishing cuts. This really makes a difference in the quality of cut. The beeswax is parted off with a final finish cut with the scrapers. This bowl is now ready to be sanded and finished. I will be able to start with 220 grit paper and work my way up to 600 grit.
I will get pictures of what the bowl looks like when fully sanded and explain my finish process in part two of this series. Will also detail how I finish the bottom of the piece to remove all signs of how it was held in the lathe.
-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.