Ellsworth inspired hollow form

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Project by Roper posted 10-01-2009 09:02 PM 1648 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this hollow form is 4×4x4 ashwood, turned green, the wall thickness is 1/4 and the mouth opening is 7/8, this piece took me about 5 hours from log to finished product.the finish is tungoil. i just finished reading David Ellsworths new book, which is where i got the inspiration to make this piece, it is an amazing book on turning. i highly recommend any one out there who wants to improve there turning to read this book.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#1 posted 10-01-2009 09:17 PM

Very nice Roper. Did you free turn the sphere or use a jig? What tool did you use to hollow? And what is the name of Mr. Ellswoth’s new book? I’m new to turning and have more questions than answers so your feedback and your posting are appreciated.

-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]

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#2 posted 10-01-2009 09:45 PM

Very cool roper really nice.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 10-01-2009 10:09 PM

Nice piece…great job..beautiful grain pattern…

I definitely recommend Ellsworth’s book (It is called “Ellsworth on Wood Turning” -that is for Berg above) – you can purchase on his web site…plus he posts some of his work there….I purchased his hollowers (both large and small) and then made a couple from his instructions (I wanted to get a bit more length with the curvature) I love both of the sets – and mine are set up for the way I like to hollow out vessels.

I have found alot of very useful information in his book (he really goes over the basics)...that guy is a marvel at the lathe…very interesting to watch.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#4 posted 10-01-2009 10:20 PM

a one hole bowling ball???
nice job dog, why haven’t we seen that one at school?

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#5 posted 10-02-2009 01:14 AM

That is a very nice hollow form….... Question. What do you use for hollowing tools ?

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 10-02-2009 01:31 AM

hey guys glad you like it. berg, i do all my turning free hand, no jigs no trapping system. i use the kelton system of hollowing tools to do most of my work then i have some pete holts tools and a couple home made guys to do my finish cuts. don’t worry bibbs as soon as everyone is feeling better i will bring it in to school.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#7 posted 10-02-2009 03:14 AM

Another Great Job!

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 10-02-2009 04:30 AM

Nice hollow form Roper. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 10-02-2009 04:34 AM

Great looking piece. Nice job on the turning.;

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

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#10 posted 10-02-2009 07:46 AM

That looks like it was a “BALL” to turn. haha (sorry)

Great job. Nice free hand sphere. Love the grain. Will have to check into that book.

Keep it up.


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

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#11 posted 10-05-2009 01:24 AM

That is an awesome piece Roper. I’m gonna have to check that book out.

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#12 posted 10-06-2009 03:42 AM

Nice going I read the other books of david ans have the video too

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