My 100th Project Post & Biggest Bowl Ever.

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Project by Ken90712 posted 12-09-2016 02:50 PM 2820 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a new turner and addicted big time. Many fellow Lumberjocks warned me of this. I’m already looking g for a full size lathe. My jet 12-21 Variable speed has been great, but time for full size.

This is my 100th Project on Lumberjocks, hard to believe as I realized this. I don’t post all of them being how many cutting boards, Skateboards or pens can I show?

This bowl is made of Iron Bark, and with help of my mentor Ken Folstrom. Without his help and guidance I would still be making sticks. Each time I gain a little more knowledge and confidence. My death grip lessons and I dance with the lathe just a little more gracefully.

The Bowl is almost 20 inch diameter and 9 inches high. I love natural edge bowls and most of them I make are this style. Before I started turning I had no idea this would be what I loved. I sanded it to 600 grit and applied 5 coats of Walnut oil. I use the wood turners wonders sanding system.

Thx for looking as always and all comments welcome.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 12-09-2016 02:56 PM

I love this.

I really need to get a lathe.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-09-2016 03:01 PM

Great looking bowl, Ken. I look forward to the next 100 projects!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 12-09-2016 03:04 PM

This is a fantastic looking bowl Ken! I too love the live edge. The live edge gives the bowl much more character and makes it much more interesting. Love it’s natural beauty!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 12-09-2016 03:24 PM

Wow, that’s a biggy. Nice work keeping the bark on. Interesting sanding system. I have a similar system that twist on but no foam pads. I’ll have to check it out more.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 12-09-2016 04:00 PM

Fantastic way to jump off the deep end Ken! I bought a mini lathe this summer but it’s 5 1/2 hrs away at my brothers place. Was planning on going to pick it up but thing just keep popping up all over the place. Nice work on your bowel I hope the nerves have settle down and your now one with the wood, enjoy and Happy Holidays my friend in woodworking.

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#7 posted 12-09-2016 04:12 PM

i warned you :=) nice bowl – I see an American Beauty in your future…

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#8 posted 12-09-2016 04:43 PM

That’s just amazing. I can’t keep the bark on any of mine, much less keep a couple inches of bark…
A big Thumbs Up!

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#9 posted 12-09-2016 04:50 PM

Fantastic Bowl, Ken! Outboard turning already, man, you are addicted!!

I’ve read about that sanding system. It’s really economical compared to the “wavy” disks.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 12-09-2016 05:09 PM

Looks great Ken! Good job on NOT loosing the bark edge.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#11 posted 12-09-2016 05:51 PM

Very cool Ken, love the look.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#12 posted 12-09-2016 05:58 PM

great bowl Ken
you are allready master

-- bambi

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#13 posted 12-09-2016 06:06 PM

Love, Love, Love it! Beautiful turning!

-- I turn wood into 'things' ..... what is your superpower?

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#14 posted 12-09-2016 06:14 PM


That is just AWESOME!

Your 100th project is just plain GREAT!!


This looks like a pretty good sized bowl to me… (pictures lie sometimes)...

How much bigger do you want to go? With a full-sized lathe?

Thank you for posting!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 12-09-2016 06:51 PM

Great work, Ken.

-- Mark

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