Maple Bowl - Heartwood Intact

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Project by David Craig posted 04-14-2010 01:22 PM 1876 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first bowl I completed during my studies so far at jockmike2's school of woodturning and coffee house ;)

The piece came from a chunk of Maple Mike had that he thought (knew?) would make a good bowl. I was very skeptical as the wood had some major checks but Mike was able to keep the cracks at bay and we worked through it. We used a Maple stain and a couple coats of poly.

The design is fairly simple and straight forward. I tend to like things of a more simple and rustic nature. The checking I was concerned about actually ended up adding to the piece. This is not my first turning nor an attempt at a bowl, but it is my first completed bowl and I am pretty happy with it.

Happy woodworking all and thanks for viewing,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 04-14-2010 03:02 PM

Your first completed bowl looks good. You had a very good teacher. Just keep on turning.

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 04-14-2010 03:37 PM

No matter what I do, I cannot relate to woodturning, since the last time I made something on a lathe was 1955…......(-:

I suspect my skills are a little rusty. But I do remember actually making a bowl, and in fact I think I had it for many years. You know, a little shallow thing made of pine. .........and of course made on a gigantic lathe at school with a master wood turner looking over my shoulder. So I oogle and ah….... and go on my way. One of these days I will buy a lathe, but I am way too far behind the curve in my general woodworking skills to start down that road yet.

Progressing at a steady Alaskan glacial speed …........Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 04-14-2010 08:53 PM

Looking good my man. But why didn’t you use the good picture for the feature picture? Oh well that’s something else I forgot to teach you, LOL mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 04-15-2010 01:36 AM

David, Nice first completed bowl. you will only get better and i cant wait to see more of your turnings but be careful toying with the turning vortex, once you are sucked in there is no way out. LOL nice work keep it up.

Where do you sign up for Jockmike2’s school of wood turning?

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#5 posted 04-15-2010 04:52 AM

David, I think you are learning from a very good teacher. I know nothing about turning wood but there is nothing simple looking about this. I know what you mean though about the simple and rustic nature look. I llike your bowl and I like the checks. I also like it very much without the poly. It makes it look even older. I like it.

-- Janice

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#6 posted 04-15-2010 04:58 AM

i like it

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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David Craig

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#7 posted 04-15-2010 04:04 PM

Thanks for the kind comments all -

Woodpeckerbill – I won’t have any choice on the turning part. When I complete a bowl, Mike just chucks another piece of wood on the lathe. Kind of like the Sorcerer’s apprentice ;)

Jim – definitely understand pacing yourself. Your skills are much better than mine, but if you keep having to follow moose on the road, your time is definitely limited…

Mike – Some people like to advertise the good stuff up front. I like to post the before pic and then let people find the after. I suppose I lose more followers that way :)

4woodturning – Thanks for the encouragement. I have looked at your work and admired the pieces you make. I hope I can get to be half that good. As far as the addiction goes, I think it is too late, already hooked. To join the school, you need 6 letters of recommendation, or you can just slip Mike a hundred bucks and he will let you get in without all the formalities ;)

Janice – I agree that a duller finish would probably have worked better on this piece. I will experiment with finishes and try to come up with something that protects and seals but is not so shiny for the rustic items. Thanks for the kind comments.

Rick – Thanks for checking it out. Mike probably has you working your arms hard as well ;) Slave driver isn’t he…:) We are lucky to have him around.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 04-15-2010 04:12 PM

........definitely the moose, they are the culprits…....................(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Bob Collins

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#9 posted 04-16-2010 05:49 AM

Nice turning David, I like the rustic look in your first photo but then you have such a good polish on the finished bowl it look great. Good to hear you are addicted.

JIM: Never to late to start, I bought a midi lathe a couple of years ago not knowing anything about the craft, never had a lesson and have had so much fun creating something from a piece of wood.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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