My First Bowl

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Project by dmann posted 02-06-2008 09:05 AM 1472 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I visited some relatives in Seattle this week and forgot how into woodworking the guys are. Right now three of them are working their way through a Red Maple that was recovered after a storm this time last year. Unfortunately I couldn’t fit any into my luggage or they would have sent me home with some, they still have a ton of it drying in various garages and backyards.

I visited one of them (Doug) and expected a tour of the shop and some woodworking talk. He has been turning a lot lately and when he found out I hadn’t turned a bowl yet he shoved a bowl gouge into my hand and mounted a chunk of the Red Maple on his lathe in seconds.

So with a lot of instruction from Doug here is my first bowl. Red maple, about 13” across, 5” tall, finished with a beeswax/mineral oil solution.

-- David / Durham, NC

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#1 posted 02-06-2008 12:35 PM

Nice bowl. Is it wet and will you be re-turning it in a few months?

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#2 posted 02-06-2008 02:19 PM

I hope you’re hooked by now. Woodturning is a fancy name for an addiction. Because of the competitions this summer (I build two entries from scratch), I did not have time to turn anything. I was literally trembling after a month. I did get my fix Saturday and Sunday so I’m fine.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#3 posted 02-06-2008 02:52 PM

Great start, you’ll be a master turner in no time at all!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#4 posted 02-06-2008 03:22 PM

I agree with Alin, It really becomes addictive. I love to work with the lathe, endless possabilities.
Nice bowl! I bet you get a lathe soon.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#5 posted 02-06-2008 03:35 PM

Looks like he was a pretty good teacher!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-06-2008 04:34 PM

and my question is: are they LumberJocks?

gorgeous bowl. I’d be proud to have that sitting on my table. A piece of art

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 02-06-2008 05:00 PM

Yes, it certainly is addictive. For a hunk of log that started out pretty ugly I am very happy with the result.

The wood was already dry so no returning is necessary. If you are wondering why I left it so thick 1) its my first bowl and I didn’t want to push my luck by going too thin and 2) it will be getting knocked around a lot in our kitchen as it is our new fruit bowl.

Alin: I am looking forward to keeping up with the contests. Some of the entries are amazing especially the 2×4 ones, I’ll never look at a 2×4 the same the next time I pass through Lowes :)

Doug was a great teacher and also sent me home with an old SuperNova chuck so I now have more options for chucking my work. I was waiting at the door of Woodcraft this morning when they opened and they had the correct adaptor so I will be giving it a workout this week – I am off Wed Thurs and Fri as I start a new job next Monday.

-- David / Durham, NC

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#8 posted 02-06-2008 06:49 PM

Very nice bowl. Are you hooked on turning now?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 02-07-2008 02:54 AM

This is really a nice looking bowl. If you weren’t addicted to turning before this I am sure that you are now.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 06-15-2008 04:11 AM

very nice indeed…..time to sharpen my turning tools and get things spinning again

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 06-15-2008 04:15 AM

Nice bowl. Might be the start of something big.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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