Cutting bowl blanks

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Project by Terry posted 1959 days ago 2319 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

15 members of The Central Illinois Woodturners club met at a members house Saturday for a day of cutting bowl blanks and fellowship. 3 saws with 32” or larger bars were running to supply the smaller saws with material to carve. We went through 3 gallons of Anchorseal. You can see Lumberjock member Trifern (orange shirt) waiting for a chunk of Honey Locust. Like the rest of us Joe got a car load. Expect to see some Walnut and Locust from Joe soon.

There is enough left to do this at least 2 more times.


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#1 posted 1959 days ago

Very interesting and sweet moment!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 1959 days ago

never turned Honey Locust, but i never pass a chance at walnut. 3 gallons? darn, i thought i was bad, i don’t use a gallon a year. looks like a good time, keep us posted

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#3 posted 1959 days ago

I need to get a lathe! Looks like a great gang to be a part of!

-- Cov, Loomis, CA,

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#4 posted 1959 days ago

Great post ..looking forward to the related projects !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 1959 days ago

i’ve only had a lathe for 10 years.. if i could just keep one power tool.. it would be my lathe. i may not turn any for months.. then need some legs, then maybe a lidded bowl.. i

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#6 posted 1959 days ago

Thanks for posting the photos, Terry. It was a great day full of fun, fellowship, and education. I highly recommend to all you turners out there joining your local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. I have learned more from this group than I could possibly learn from books, DVDs or on my own. Check out the AAW homepage @

Here is a sneak peak of the first hollow form from our bounty.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 1958 days ago

Holy cow Joe. You are an animal! I can’t believe you had enough energy to turn when you got home. My wood is still in the truck. Running that big Husky with 32” bar wore me out. I will turn something tomorrow.

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#8 posted 1958 days ago

I think Trifern turned it while driving home.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 1958 days ago

wow…i need a chain saw…for some reason it intimadtes me tremendously (as it should, right?) but yesterday a friend loaded me up with a huge stash of rounds from a cedar tree that was cut down last fall…


Thanks for sharing what looks and sounds like a great day…

JOE…going to check out the turning group you mentioned right now!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 1958 days ago

Now this woodworking! Old friends, new freinds and wood! It is really great to see this!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 1956 days ago

Looks like you guys were knee deep in saw dust ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 1956 days ago

Oooooooowh . . . . Wow! I am drooling on myself. That’s some nice black walnut.

I watched our neighbors oak tree come down this past weekend. If I liked oak I would have been fratrinizing with the tree cutters. It was an 80+ ft. tree with multiple large trunks and it took them two days to cut it down and haul away 99% of it. There are a few 8-10” slabs left on the curbside, but I’m stocked up with maple logs, and well, I’m not into oak.

Now, black walnut, well that’s a different tune . . .

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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