|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 01-12-2016 05:06 AM||995 views||1 time favorited||15 comments|
It’s amazing how much difference a change in lighting makes. The 3rd. 4th, 5th, and 6th photos are the Thing in its true color. I just really dug the composition of the first two.
This is the first completed of two Bowls I rough-turned shortly after the trees were cut down. I did everything right. I stashed them away in a box of shavings, Then I got them out yesterday and found that they were both horribly oblong – this one, the worst-so. Thankfully, though, they weren’t cracked. So, I started with the other one by mounting it on my pin jaws, using the cutoff that was still in the 2” jaws from the Camphor bowl I just did. I needed something that would stand the bowl out away from the jaw face, so I opened up said cutoff to fit over the pin jaws. It worked well enough to turn an inny/outy and finish the bottom. (It was lovely.) Until it stopped working when the foot twisted off. Not to bother. It was an inny/outy, so, I expanded the chuck into the outy, and carried on. There was a flat side (still is) on the bowl. I had visions of going all egg-shell on it, creating a translucent opera window, of sorts, on the flat spot. I broke the window. Back in the box it went, and out came this one, which had no flat spot, and was, also, begging me to go all egg-shell on it. I did okay. I only opened it up in a couple places. I don’t mind. I did manage to get it quite thin, without rooeeening it. That was one of my two major objectives in doing this. The other was to get something that I could use to see just how pretty this Silver Maple (Live wood) could be.
I didn’t finish the inside or the bottom, considering my main objectives, the third of which was to get something “done” in a day or less.
Did I mention that I’d sharpened my tools? I did. They’re as close, now, to “scary sharp” as I’ve ever managed. Including my home-made hollowing tools and newly-reground fingernail gouge. What a striking difference! Now, I can say, with confidence, that I know how it is that other people make turning look so easy in the videos. A little grinding, a little diamond plate (about ten minutes per tool), and, voila!, I was making it look easy.
The best photos I got of the finish were while it was still on the lathe, and the sun shone.
And this is what I saw just after I put the SD card in the computer.