|Project by Jarred||posted 08-24-2015 02:02 AM||633 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
The challenge of the month at our Woodturner’s club meeting was a bowl. I had done some spindle turning (candlesticks, Christmas ornaments, etc.), but never any bowls or hollow forms. So… time to take the plunge.
I was worried that my lathe (a probably 60 year-old Craftsman) couldn’t handle a chuck because the slowest speed is 875 RPM, and various things I read (on the internet. Must be true.) indicated it wasn’t safe unless the lathe could drop to 500-600 or so. But, I ordered a Nova G3 chuck, bought a couple of bowl gouges, and off we go.
I laminated a piece of redheart to a chunk of ash I had gotten at the woodturning club. Watched lots of YouTube videos. Put it on the lathe. Catch after catch after catch. The bowl probably spent more time off of the lathe (after being thrown) than it did on the lathe. I eventually stripped out the woodworm screw hole; broke the foot off; redrilled a woodworm screw hole in the foot, and eventually turned the inside way too thick, and sanded as much as I could handle.
I’m pretty sure I made every mistake it is possible to make on this bowl. If there are other mistakes to make, I don’t think they’ve been described. The only flaws I can’t take credit for are the insect tunnels on the base.
I added an inscription to the foot reminding me that none of my work is perfect, because neither am I. I think I feel a new tagline coming on…
-- My projects are imperfect in every way, just like their creator. Their creator loves them nonetheless, just like mine.