Hollow Vessel Turning

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Project by Chris posted 11-26-2007 11:50 PM 3067 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at hollow vessel turning. It started as a 10” long 7” diameter Redwood Burl veneer core log piece and this is how it ended up. I guess I could have made the neck opening a little smaller; however, I was more interested in learning technique at the time.

I sanded up to 600 grit then finished it with two coats of Waterlox high gloss which I wiped on 24 hours apart.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 11-26-2007 11:55 PM

Whoa… that is amazing. Don’t know what else to say.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#2 posted 11-27-2007 12:05 AM

Very nice!!

-- Roger - Havertown, Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 11-27-2007 12:05 AM

I’m going to start a list of LJ’s that I hate because of their amazing “FIRST ATTEMPTS”... gosh … this is amazing. absolutely gorgeous

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#4 posted 11-27-2007 12:55 AM

Beautiful bowl, just gorgeous. And your first bowl, wow. That is something, I’ve been turning for years and can’t do something that good. You truely are the master. mike

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

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#5 posted 11-27-2007 01:09 AM


Well done – if you’d like to shrink that opening – put a lid on it – just kidding

Great job – proportions look good as does the finish

I love the smell of Tung Oil in the morning


-- Mike, Maryland,

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#6 posted 11-27-2007 01:33 AM

Very nice with a beautiful finish….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 11-27-2007 02:14 AM

Yeah, that came out nice. What did you use to hollow it?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 11-27-2007 02:22 AM

Very nice…Love the finish too.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#9 posted 11-27-2007 04:19 AM

Beautiful job there Chris.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 11-27-2007 04:27 AM

Great bowl Chris. A very nice first attempt. Now what are you going to do to improve on that one?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 11-27-2007 06:15 AM

This is just really stunning! Truly!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 11-27-2007 07:59 AM

First attempt? You are off to a great start. I really like the wood and the finish is outstanding.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 11-27-2007 02:25 PM


I used the Kelton hollowing tools on this project. They were loaned to me.. However, after using them I just may purchase a set.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 11-27-2007 02:43 PM

Chris, all I can say is WOW! Very nicely done.

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