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Project by roaddog posted 11-19-2017 01:56 AM 510 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not a bad little bowl. I had a fellow woodworker show me how to turn it in his shop, helping with a lot of the cuts, and he even donated this beautiful piece of alder.

This started out the morning looking like a piece of wood from the firewood pile. I learned a lot and instead of struggling through most of it I was able to get advice and help on how to cut it. Learned a lot about sharpening today as well.

I love the woodworking community. It’s like a family. Everyone is so helpful and generally excited to have someone that wants to listen and learn.

-- Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 11-19-2017 03:21 PM

Nice bowl!

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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John

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#2 posted 11-19-2017 04:30 PM

Not bad at all! Good instructor too.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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leafherder

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#3 posted 11-19-2017 04:56 PM

Great job showing off that beautiful grain pattern.

-- Leafherder

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Andre

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#4 posted 11-19-2017 05:46 PM

Purity darn good! I have cut up a lot of Alder for firewood, never thought of trying to turn something from it?
Did John come down to instruct you :)
Looking at your shop Pic’s what became of the Canoe?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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LesB

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#5 posted 11-19-2017 05:55 PM

Great start….it is just the beginning of many bowls.

Alder is relatively soft so I seldom use it for turning. If you finish it with a salad bowl finish from General or Behlens it will help protect the wood from scratches and dents.
A Northwest wood that is a bit harder and plentiful (in fire wood piles too) is Big leaf maple. If you find some that is spalted (color streaks from fungus starting to rot the wood) but not yet rotted with soft spots it makes great bowls and platters among other things. Even plain it is attractive.

-- Les B, Oregon

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roaddog

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#6 posted 11-19-2017 06:56 PM

Thanks everyone. It was a great experience.


Looking at your shop Pic s what became of the Canoe?

Sadly the canoe was never finished. It had to be moved out of the garage during the rainy season due to one of our vehicles that had water leaking into it which was getting into the dash. It was either the canoe or the Mustang. We pulled it out of the garage and pulled the Mustang in to dry it out.

Taking it outside, out of level and in the weather ruined any chance of it being finished. I cut it up one day with a sawzall and my buddy and I cracked a beer and warmed ourselves by the fire of little cedar strips. It was a very sad day.

-- Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh

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roaddog

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#7 posted 11-19-2017 06:59 PM



Great start….it is just the beginning of many bowls.

A Northwest wood that is a bit harder and plentiful (in fire wood piles too) is Big leaf maple. If you find some that is spalted (color streaks from fungus starting to rot the wood) but not yet rotted with soft spots it makes great bowls and platters among other things. Even plain it is attractive.

- LesB

I have dry maple piled all over my shop. I have half a tree of maple on the side of the house that was taken down in late September. It was already just beginning to spalt so I stashed it in a wet, dark area.

-- Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh

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#8 posted 11-19-2017 09:38 PM

Great start, now we want to many more!

-- No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you're still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.

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#9 posted 11-21-2017 02:22 AM

Very nice bowl!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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murch

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#10 posted 11-22-2017 01:05 PM

Nice one. You’ll never pass another woodpile.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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