First Group of Bowls

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Project by DavidD3 posted 12-14-2009 12:54 AM 1165 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first group of bowls since I started turning a few months ago. They range from just over 5 inches diameter for the Walnut on the bottom right to 10 inches for the Maple on the top left. I’m actually just getting the hang of the bowl gouge and the last few bowls have been a lot easier.

I’ve got more blanks calling to me. I hope to get a few more finished this week.

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 01:17 AM

Awesome job – especially for first time bowls! wow!

-- John - Central PA -

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 01:25 AM

David, these are beautiful bowls. And they look like they would be a lot of fun to turn.

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

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#3 posted 12-14-2009 02:49 AM

Very nice looking bowls & welcome to Lj’s

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#4 posted 12-14-2009 08:16 AM

Fantastic group of bowls. Outstanding firsts. Looking forward to seeing many more.

Keep it up.


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

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#5 posted 12-14-2009 08:06 PM

Thanks for the compliments! A lot of learning went on with those but even the aggravating moments ended up being OK.

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#6 posted 12-14-2009 09:01 PM

Great job….love the spalted and the black walnut. Experience is always the best way to learn….you will also find that you will want to use other tools like scrapers and hollowers (I use my hollow tool on bowls to get the curvature under the rim – it is easier the angling a bowl gouge in there) The scraper is good to reduce some of the sanding you will have to do to get the gouge streaks out of the bowl….

You might want to pick up a copy of Ellsworth on Woodturning….he has some great info in there…and good stuff on the basics…..Raffan’s book – The art of the Turned bowls…is another great text for info….

Also, check out the AAW – American Association of Woodturners….they have lots of local chapters….it is a great place to meet other turners and gain experience and knowledge…

Welcome to LJ’s – there are a lot of excellent turners in here too….(I have been turning for a long time but I am always learning new methods and techniques – no way do I consider myself an expert or master)....and lots of very good tips and techniques (not only for turning) will probably get hooked on this place like the rest of us…

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

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#7 posted 12-15-2009 09:36 PM

Thanks for the advice, Reggie.

I use the scraper some but mine isn’t very thick and tends to chatter sometimes. I need to get a heavier scraper or a curved tool rest. Probably both wouldn’t hurt.

I have one of Raffan’s books but will check out those you mentioned as well.

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#8 posted 12-15-2009 09:42 PM

Very nice set of bowls. Great job.

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

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