Folded Bowl

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Project by Chris Wright posted 04-02-2009 07:49 PM 1234 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, it’s been a little bit since my last project posting, I hope this makes up for it.

It started out as a cherry bowl that I was doing as a demo. I was so please with how it was turning out, how thin I was getting the sides and bottom. And when I went to cut it off the face plate, well I guess I cut it a little TOO thin on the bottom because I cracked through. So I had it sitting in the shop for over a year, using it (begrudgingly) as an example of what can go wrong on the lathe. Well, about a month ago I was surfing the web and I came across a gallery of wood turnings (sadly I can’t remember whose gallery it was) and saw where the artist cut a bowl in half and glued the two halves together along the rim. So I thought “what the heck, it’s worth a shot” and here’s the result. I ended up having to hand sand it up to 400 grit and used tung oil and paste wax as the finish.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#1 posted 04-02-2009 07:50 PM

well joined looks nice Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 04-02-2009 08:05 PM

Very nice. Bet you’re almost glad it cracked. I would be. Would be a beautiful technique to look for places on a bowl where there was some real wild grain and cut it so that they really blended.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#3 posted 04-02-2009 09:24 PM

That’s a cool looking piece! See? I never throw any wood out! Just never know! Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 04-03-2009 01:59 AM

Great looking piece.

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#5 posted 04-03-2009 02:55 AM

Nice save…...... looks good.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 04-03-2009 03:06 AM

Out here we call that resegmented turning. Good save

-- Dale

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#7 posted 04-03-2009 03:39 AM

It’s very nice and I think it justified a year waiting!
Great job.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 04-03-2009 08:09 AM


do you have the link to the article?

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#9 posted 04-03-2009 02:27 PM

No, sadly I didn’t save the link. I’ll keep looking and if I find it I’ll post it.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#10 posted 05-09-2009 08:49 PM

how did you make the cut? by hand, or build a jig for the bandsaw? i could just see myself trying that and getting annoyed with the cleanliness of the joint line….i don’t have a bandsaw right now, maybe i could do it at the table saw with a suitable holddown? i usually don’t like to try stuff in woodworking that i haven’t seen others do yet though, trying to keep all my digits…lol

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