Cherry Bowl

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Project by toyguy posted 12-13-2009 10:44 PM 1417 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Help me please…......... I’m out of control… I can’t stop turning !!!! :-)

Today’s effort has been a small cherry bowl. Not your regular shape. I have been playing with shapes, to try and get the feel for something different….. Still haven’t found the niche I guess I’m looking for….. but having fun anyway.

This little cherry bowl is about 7.5” round and 4” tall. Wall thickness is pretty consistent to about 1/4”. A little bit of end grain issue, but not too bad…........ Small crack that runs right through just below the rim…. It has been filled and CA glued.. Finish is a couple of coats of tung oil (on the lathe) and then buffed with wax.

Thanks for looking.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 10:50 PM

toyguy I really like the design and wood ! I know what you mean about turning its addicting

Great job!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 12-13-2009 10:59 PM

Hey Toyguy (Brian)
Anther great turning a beautiful cherry bowl.
I have to ask . every time I see your user name I expect to see a great toy like the five or so you have listed under projects ,but they have mostly been wonderful turnings. Has you focus changed since you joined Ljs or are you just trying to trick us ? LOL

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 11:04 PM

I really like the shape and the wood. I agree with Rj and you turning is very addictive. I need to post some photos of some of my projects but as soon as they are complete they are gone. I also agree with Jim I expect some toys posted but all we get are these beautiful turnings.

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 11:41 PM

Very nice, I too have the”lathe disease” there are worse addictions, but none that can broadcast log parts all over my garage as quickly and effectively.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#5 posted 12-13-2009 11:59 PM

It’s not an addiction…...It’s an OBSESSION!!!!

I too know all about it. Turned 3 christmas presents today.

Love your bowl. The profile reminds me of a soup tureen. Only wood not silver. Very unique design.

In order to get past the obsession, you just have to keep turning.(or is that feeding the beast?)haha

Keep up the fantastic work.


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

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#6 posted 12-14-2009 12:28 AM

I like the shape of the bowl. Was that by design or did you just start turning and see where it went? Either way it worked out well. I like cherry too. I moved most of the cherry from the firewood burn pile to the turn pile. I know what you mean about being unable to stop. I’m getting a new chuck for Christmas, or at least I think I am, which will open up lots of new possibilities for me. I had seen my lathe as only a tool to make spindles as needed for other projects or tool handles or whatever, but I’m really enjoying making round things just for the sake of making round things now. Hey, I quit tobacco so I needed a new addiction right.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 12-14-2009 01:23 AM

Brian. this is a nice looking bowl and you chose a nice wood to work with. I can well understand your “obsession” with turning. It does look like you are having fun.

Keep on turnin’.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 12-14-2009 02:45 AM

I’m with Scrappy it is an obsession. A friend told me once you start there won’t anything square coming out of your shop for a while and he was right. Great looking bowl love the shape and that cherry. Did you turn it green??

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#9 posted 12-14-2009 03:14 AM

Nice shaped bowl and nice grain too. Good choice.

And of course, turning is addictive.

Now, should I turn ou should I stay here at LJ ???



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#10 posted 12-14-2009 04:14 AM

In answer to your questions about my obsession…..... You are right, since I got my lathe I have not made one single model / toy. I do really like the Toys and Joys plans that I have built over the years….. (and I have built a lot of them).

I do think at some point I will get back to the toys. But it is hard to get the instant gratification building flat stuff….............. Hey , I have a train plan that requires turning a boiler and a few stacks….. Maybe that will be in the future.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 12-14-2009 10:09 PM

Another fine bowl. Sorry Brian, you are now beyond hope. There are a lot of toys you can turn such as tops, yoyos, those handles with a small cup on top and a ball attached to a string which you try to catch in the cup. Chess pieces and a lot of other stuff that doesn’t come to mind just now.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 12-14-2009 10:31 PM

Turning…the crack of woodworking…...I would recommend a good intervention…but it appears you might be beyond hope…LOL…..when you start ornamental turning….off center or eccentric turning (building some better jigs for this even as I write) will then have lost it all….like me…ROFL

That is a beautiful turning….great shape and contours…beautiful wood too…..I am enjoying watching your skills progress….I still have a picture of my first bowl turning…I wish I had more of the progression…..make sure you do that as it really enhances your learning…

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

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Ken Waller

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#13 posted 12-15-2009 04:59 PM

Nice work Brian.
Turning is not an addiction, nor is it an obsession. It is a worthwhile, totally enjoyable, deep-down-pleasurable, thrilling, happiness-inducing, self-satisfying activity that just happens to occupy a portion of my time, well, maybe a lot of time some days, well, most days. But, I am not addicted! I can quit any time! I just don’t want to. Got to go… my lathe almost stopped.


-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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