My biggest bowl yet

  • Advertise with us
Project by Bill posted 03-22-2015 05:10 PM 2130 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

18 comments so far

View longgone's profile


5688 posts in 3548 days

#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…

View peteg's profile


4435 posts in 3063 days

#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

View luv2learn's profile


2894 posts in 2543 days

#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

View Arlin Eastman's profile

Arlin Eastman

4258 posts in 2801 days

#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.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

View Woodbridge's profile


3624 posts in 2658 days

#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

View BCDesign's profile


538 posts in 1662 days

#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

View gfadvm's profile


14940 posts in 2930 days

#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

View robscastle's profile


5633 posts in 2444 days

#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

-- Regards Rob

View ncdon's profile


220 posts in 3116 days

#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.

View R_Stad's profile


420 posts in 2083 days

#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

View leafherder's profile


1638 posts in 2192 days

#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

View Porchfish's profile


847 posts in 2772 days

#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 !

View Bill's profile


404 posts in 2389 days

#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

View Roger's profile


20965 posts in 3044 days

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

Humongusly awesome!

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

View helluvawreck's profile


32086 posts in 3106 days

#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

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

showing 1 through 15 of 18 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics