My first bowl...

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Project by HalDougherty posted 1756 days ago 1790 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first bowl was turned from Bartlett Pear. The wind split a major limb from a neighbors tree and I saved the good chunks before the trash truck came by. I’m just glad I got a lathe before the wood split. The bowl is pretty rough and the sides are a little thick, but hey, this is my first attempt. I’m going to try some bigger bowls so I can make a dough bowl to go with some of the rolling pins I’ve made. I think this bowl is going to end up as a candy dish.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 1756 days ago

Fantastic job for your first. Looks super and if your wife is like mine, she will let you part with it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 1756 days ago

Your first bowl is a natural edge, that’s ambitious! Nice job on it also.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#3 posted 1756 days ago

Hard to imagine going for a “Bark Edge” on very first piece. Nice going! I can assure you that my first
turning was nothing like this. Might want to check some info on form and shape. Consider smaller diameter
bottom with the sides flowing in a smooth curve to the smaller base. You will want to keep your first
piece for sure. Thickness of piece is not nearly as important as EQUAL thickness to avoid splitting.

-- Imagination is more important than Knowledge

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#4 posted 1756 days ago

Great job. Nice bowl.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 1756 days ago

Really neat bowl. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#6 posted 1756 days ago

I am impressed. My first bowl looked like a wooden coffee can. And I still would not part with it.

-- Bill, WV

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#7 posted 1756 days ago

Very nice and well done. I really like the shape… and is there a little optical illusion? It doesn’t seem round, as being turned, and it looks much more interesting that way.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#8 posted 1756 days ago

Nice job. Very nice looking bowl.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#9 posted 1756 days ago

Great looking bowl.

-- Raymond

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#10 posted 1756 days ago

A very nice looking bowl, first or not.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 1756 days ago

It’s round, but the irregular edge never did let the bowl balance… The chip of bark that’s missing, was missing when I cut the log. The most important thing I did right was to have very sharp tools. I sharpen my tools on a disc sander to start, then switch to wet or dry sandpaper on a 1/2 inch thick piece of plate glass. The final grit size is usually 2000. At least if you get cut, you won’t feel it…

I turned the section of log green and when it was almost finished, I put it in the microwave for several defrost cycles. It works great for drying wood as long as you go slow and let it cool between ‘cookings’.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#12 posted 1756 days ago

very nice ,
i wish all my ” firsts ” ,
came out so good !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 1755 days ago

Very nice work for your first bowl. My first started out of a 8×8x4 block from Rockler but ended up only 5-6” round I had alot of waste from wrong tools. But I enjoued it and haven’t stoped yet even after breaking hand. Enjoy and many more turns…

-- David '65

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#14 posted 1755 days ago

Great first bowl. Nice job on the live edge. That microwave drying can do wonders. Have had some good and bad luck with it. Will have to try the defrost cycle next time. Thanks for the tip.

Keep up the fantastic work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Kent Shepherd

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#15 posted 1754 days ago

Good job—Looks really nice!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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