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Project by Raftermonkey posted 1265 days ago 1008 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an Ambrosia Maple bowl that I turned a while back. A good friend and master wood-turner gave me this piece of wood. He only works with native woods from our area and had been looking for “Ambrosia” Maple for a while when he finally found this. He told me he was driving down the highway one day and got behind a log truck hauling hardwoods. Of course he pulled dangerously close to the back of the trailer to better inspect the load and, low and behold, it was chocked full of Ambrosia Maple logs,haha. He knew he wouldn’t get the trucker to pull over so he followed him the remaining thirty miles to the saw mill. He talked to the “higher ups” on the yard and was able to come back the next day with a trailer and get nine good logs. He has a contract with a coupla places in Tupelo MS that buy his bowls and he had me at his shop to “help” rough out about thirty five bowl blanks. In all honesty, I wasn’t really helping as much as I was getting in the way and asking a ton of questions about turning,haha. He is a very kind, patient teacher and sent me home with a load of, to him were culls, to me, AWESOME FREE AMBROSIA MAPLE BLANKS!!!!!, WOOOHOOO,haha. I wish I could talk him into joining us here at Lumberjocks as he does some amazing work. I will be giving this bowl to a friends mom in appreciation of all the delicious meals she fed me while I was in high school,haha. Man, she can cook,haha. I hate they moved to back south Mississippi.

This bowl is 10 1/4” in diameter and 3” tall, finished with Watco Butcher Block Oil.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"





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degoose

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#1 posted 1265 days ago

Darn, you are getting to be good at this here turning thing…
Nice work…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Raftermonkey

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#2 posted 1265 days ago

Thanks degoose. I am still having trouble with turning my inner walls. For some reason, I am getting a lot of tear out and catches even with sharp tools. I guess there is something wrong with my “technique”. I’ll be going back to my buddy’s shop soon so maybe he can help me resolve this issue.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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peteg

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#3 posted 1265 days ago

Zeke, thats a lovely piece of maple, like your design, looks like it is now ready to do a good job of work about the house.
With your tear outs, make sure you have your bowl gouge at about 55 degrees, remember to “rub that bevel” with light finishing cuts & see if you can get that speed up to whistle point, then all ya gotta do is—turn—-turn turn (practice practice——) :)
with your enthuesasim I know you’ll get there

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

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Raftermonkey

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#4 posted 1265 days ago

Thanks Pete. I haven’t really paid any attention to what angle my gouge is at. Maybe that’ll correct some of it.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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peteg

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#5 posted 1265 days ago

Zeke, what I mean is the angle of the tool grind, if you rub the bevel when the tool will be automatically cutting @ 55 d :)
Sorry if I created any confussion

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

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Raftermonkey

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#6 posted 1264 days ago

Ahh yes, I see. The angle of the end of the tool to where it meets the work piece. I won’t get to try it out for another day or two while my fingers are still on the mend (and its about 20 degrees outside) but I’ll definitely pay more attention to the way I “present” the tool to the work piece. Thanks again Pete.

Zeke

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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BarbS

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#7 posted 1256 days ago

Well, you seem to know the right people! That’s one beautiful big bowl. Practice, practice. As Betty Scarpino once said to me, “We are All beginners.” There’s always more to learn! And you’re doing great. Love your work.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Raftermonkey

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#8 posted 1255 days ago

Thank you for the kind words Barbs.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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