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A three year journey

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Project by recycle1943 posted 08-01-2018 01:52 PM 943 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

a little over 3 years ago I bought my first RingMaster and started cutting like I was killng snakes. Well for a monthor so that’s about all I got accomplished, killing snakes. I got discouraged and walked away from it for a month or so.

When I returned to it I had a different attitude in that I was no longer building free standing cupboards but instead was working with a tool that needed more attention than a rough carpenter was giving it. I settled down and paid a lot more attention to what needed to happen to accomplish a nice finished item.
I had already decided that I wanted to make bowls and not vases, what prompted that decision ? I don’t know.
The other day I found one of my first completed RM bowls and wanted to share my journey with all the friends I’ve made and met here on LJ’s
Here is one of my first bowls

Some time later one of these came along

and as time went by and nearly 350 bowls later I think I have reached the end of my creative bowl making. The bowl below has more than several things going on and besides looking busy and threatening to your eyes it is the result of over 3 years of gluing wood.
If you take a close look you can see, starting at the top and to the left or right an alternating color that runs around the bowl 360 degrees. Directly below that is a solid ring that does the same, then again the alternating colors and everything repeats. At the bottom you can see the scallop just starting.

This bowl is close to the same except the scallop is mid-way and at the bottom of the bowl. Note the alternating colors and again the solid color ring.

When it’s all said and done perhaps I need to realize I’m not the sharpest tack in the box, maybe that’s why it took so long to get where I am today in designing RM bowls.
But frankly Scarlet, I don’t give a

Sorry about the long winded vent, if you make it thru please throw in a comment or two. I can use all the help I can get.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them





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mj_and_hj

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#1 posted 08-01-2018 03:36 PM

I think these bowls look beautiful. Seeing as I am very new to the lathe I am still learning how to do everything, what attachments I need, how to sharpen the tools, and just being creative. I hope to some day be able to make some bowls like these. Thanks for sharing!

-- I love the smell of wood chips in the morning

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 08-01-2018 03:45 PM

At the end of your creative thinking, naw, don’t give up that easily.
I like the number 1 picture in the group above, nice spokes that separate the wedges. How about one color wood between the spokes?, that should be possible. Have you made any with the arc going up instead of down?
Then there’s a bowl with a lip around the top, where the rings diameters starts getting smaller.
Anyway, as long as you’re having fun, it’s worth the shop time.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 08-01-2018 03:49 PM

Very pretty bowls.

We all have made firewood from what could have been nice projects!

I had my first 2 shops with wood burning stoves for that reason!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 08-01-2018 03:50 PM

You have come a long way and learned much Grasshopper. You journey is not complete – keep cutting “em and gluing “em up. I am toying with the idea of selling my RM, my lungs just won’t take the sawdust anymore – I sure do wish I could still go after it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 08-01-2018 05:16 PM

mjandhj – Thanks for the compliment, pretty sure you won’t make these on a lathe but there are sooooo many things you can do on a lathe that I can’t do with my RM

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 08-01-2018 05:17 PM

ralbuck – Thanks

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 08-01-2018 05:19 PM

cajunpen – Thanks Bill, sorry to hear the RM may be a thing of the past for you. I know it’ll be a sad day.

btw – I traded a guy some walnut lumber for his RingMaster so now I have 2 of them, both are 724 variable speed units.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 08-01-2018 07:38 PM

we all take that long process and looking at yours it looks like mine before I started making turns…your progression has been fantastic!!

-- marshall peterson, north carolina

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Hawaiilad

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#9 posted 08-01-2018 07:50 PM

Dick, I understand what you mean about starting out using the RM. I had ask so many questions of guys I think they got tired of hearing the questions. They finally one day it all came together. I made about 60 bowls with many becoming shop used for holding small items to giving lots of them away to family and friends. Tried selling them, but there are not many places here on the Island to display them. There is a couple other tools I would love to have like the Littler Ripper, and I am thinking of selling my RM to help pay for them.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 08-01-2018 07:55 PM

Even the first ones are an accomplishment for the first time. Given a few years to think about it,you sure developed a fantastic plan. Now neck and neck with the best.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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recycle1943

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#11 posted 08-01-2018 08:26 PM

Thanks Brian

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#12 posted 08-01-2018 08:28 PM



Dick, I understand what you mean about starting out using the RM. I had ask so many questions of guys I think they got tired of hearing the questions. They finally one day it all came together. I made about 60 bowls with many becoming shop used for holding small items to giving lots of them away to family and friends. Tried selling them, but there are not many places here on the Island to display them. There is a couple other tools I would love to have like the Littler Ripper, and I am thinking of selling my RM to help pay for them.

- Hawaiilad

Larry, I sent you a PM a while back, let me know or pm me

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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peteg

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#13 posted 08-01-2018 08:57 PM

Love the background story Dick, you sure have come a long way obviously in no small way due to your love of the challenge & the desire to progress positively & keep exploring “change”.
Really enjoying where your at right now
cheers Bud
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#14 posted 08-01-2018 09:14 PM

Nice work!

-- Petey

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#15 posted 08-01-2018 10:15 PM

Dick those are beautiful bowls, you sure ran rings around most of us, nice work

Thanks for posting, and Congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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