|Project by griph0n||posted 01-09-2011 02:55 AM||1755 views||2 times favorited||23 comments|
My first 4 bowls. Well… the first 4 that didn’t crack, chip or just explode.
They’re all made from an old lift of 3 by 10 spruce beams I’ve been working my way through with various construction projects for about 15 years. I’ve got about 6 left and I think they’re destined to be bowls.
Really I just wanted a little mini lathe to turn knobs for furniture, I don’t really have room for much more. But this one turned up through a friend of a friend and…um… my wife was away and ….ummm welllll it was an excellent deal. A Onewy Chuck, a Vicmarc Chuck, faceplates, some scrapers and gouges thrown in….how could I say no to a real bowl turning Lathe. I’ve been asking around and putting want ads in the paper for a year.
I really had no interest in turning bowls and now I can’t tear myself away from the thing. I’ve got the wood for a pair of Stickley Prairie chairs milled, a Krenov Cabinet half assembled and a trestle table top done with no trestles. I have a video on making a Maloof chair that looks like fun.
Every time I go to the shop I find myself standing in front of this green little beast. I spend more time cleaning up dust and chips muttering “OK, promise, now back to work, no more, we’re ready, push the offcut carts back in front, empty the dust collector, lets go, ready for some real work next time…”
Then I come back to the shop next time, pull the carts out of the way, spin on a chunk of wood and make a huge woody mess. There’s big bowls to try, platters, green bowls, carving on bowls….
I don’t really like spindle turning, but what about a few french rolling pins, a chisel mallet, maybe a few more interesting knobs….