More bowl practice - Spalted Maple bowl for 3rd attempt

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Project by Mike_D_S posted 08-16-2016 02:15 AM 843 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Getting more bowl practice. This is my third bowl. I had a nice spalted Maple blank and my wife wanted something with more vertical sides she could use to hold bread rolls or something similar.

Bowl is approximately 9” OD and 3 1/4” tall with about 3/16” walls. Finished with beeswax.

Still working on my technique trying to find that magic smooth surface. Still getting a few tooling marks, but they are actually more apparent in the pictures than if you were just looking at the bowl. I actually found I needed a smaller bowl gouge to be able to work the inside transition on my Nova Comet II as the big handled tools were pretty tough to maneuver.

The long handle was the source of the only catch on this entire piece during final shaping prior to sanding. I managed to sand out 95% of the catch, so it’s visible if you know to look for it. but with the color variation in the piece, it sorts of blends in.

So overall I’m happy and ready to tackle the next learning piece which will be a smaller cocobolo lidded bowl. I feel comfortable doing the bowl part and am looking forward to doing the lid/bowl mating.

Thanks for looking,

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#1 posted 08-17-2016 02:18 AM

Nice job!

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#2 posted 08-17-2016 05:27 AM

Great piece of wood Mike. Nicely shaped bowl.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 08-18-2016 08:07 PM

Great job. You give me inspiration. I have just started turning and bowls are scary! I think I’ll give it another try. Your bowl looks great!

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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