My biggest bowl yet

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Project by Bill posted 03-22-2015 05:10 PM 1689 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl is curly ambrosia maple, and I started it yesterday morning at 9:00 am at the wood pile. Took it off the lathe at 1:00 am last night. It measures 28 inches across, and thoroughly wiped me out.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 03-22-2015 05:18 PM

That is one huge… and one really nice bowl..! It appears that it has already been claimed by your daughter…

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#2 posted 03-22-2015 08:42 PM

Now that’s what you call a BOWL, got some great shavings a flyin there,
Have to make sure you have decent sized screws holding this baby to the face plate:)
Well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 03-22-2015 10:33 PM

All I can say is, WOW!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 03-22-2015 10:54 PM

You did a good job of turning it and form is great too.

I would LOVE to have some of that stuff. You live close to Iowa? Trade you for some Black Walnut.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 03-22-2015 11:17 PM

Very cool. I like the photo with all the shavings? How did you hold it when you turned the inside?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 03-22-2015 11:53 PM

That is really nice!I need a lathe bad!!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#7 posted 03-22-2015 11:57 PM

Unbelievable!!! I can’t even imagine spinning a chunk of wood that big. And it turned out very cool.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 03-23-2015 06:01 AM

Yeah, yeah, yeah, then I saw the last picture !

Makes it all worthwile!

A marathon job I hope you didnt clean up until later that day!

I bet my fellow LJ Bob Wemm would love scouring through your lumber stack

Nice post

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#9 posted 03-23-2015 09:22 AM

The word huge comes to mind. Really, really nice. Bet that yealded about 4 trash cans of chips. Now I’m stuck with lathe envy, cause I can only do 12 inches. sigh. Thanks for sharing.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#10 posted 03-23-2015 12:32 PM

Nice work Bill (your new alias?). You always seem to find ways to challenge yourself creatively. This time you added a physical element. What a workout. Nice pictures with your post. Keep up the fine work. Your daughter looks cute and happy. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#11 posted 03-23-2015 12:46 PM

I saw one like this on Antiques Roadshow – all hand carved – owner said she remembered playing in it as a child. Also said she would not let any other kids play in it after she found out how much it was worth. You have made a great family heirloom!

-- Leafherder

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#12 posted 03-23-2015 01:09 PM

Beautiful piece of Maple and a creation you should be proud of !
Nice woodlot too !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#13 posted 03-23-2015 01:13 PM

@ncdon. It was exactly 4 of the extra large bags. Cleaned the shop last night after the kids went to bed. I made one giant glaring mistake with this bowl, and didn’t find out until I cleaned up. My table saw has a cast Iron top, and the small amount of moisture in the wood rusted it pretty bad. I think I growled a bit while I was polishing it back to normal.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#14 posted 03-25-2015 12:48 PM

Humongusly awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 03-25-2015 01:28 PM

That is a large bowl. That seems like it could be a little nerve racking turning something that big.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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