'Canyon Rim' Bowl

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Project by BarbS posted 12-12-2011 08:52 AM 1169 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a wide piece of walnut with a wany edge to it I wanted to preserve, and ended up with this. It was mightily off balance through the whole turning, and I had some tear out with all the wobble, which required a few hours of hand sanding. What do you all think? I had asked two locals about the blank, and they both told me it couldn’t be done, saving the irregular edge to any good effect. Your opinions, please.


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David Craig

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 10:32 AM

Challenging piece Barb and you did good by it :) Especially considering that the piece would have been off balance for the whole turning. Difficult enough to keep an edge when it is just a small section of a larger piece but when the piece you are trying to preserve encompasses the whole turning, I am very surprised you were able to work it as well as you did. If I were one of the locals, I probably would have told you the same thing.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 12-12-2011 02:32 PM

Hi Barb;

I bet it was difficut to turn this. Nice job.


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#3 posted 12-12-2011 02:40 PM

I can not imagine that spinning and then routing it out. Good for you.

Imaginative piece,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 04:12 PM

That had to have been hard on both you and the lathe bearings, I think I would have attempted to add
a counterweight to low edge of the bowl to try to balance it, or to just make a template and use a
router with a bowl bit to do the job. Great looking bowl, thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 06:09 PM

Thanks folks. I wish I could have kept more of the little ripple on the right edge, but it’s a learning experience. You do what you Can, then realize how you could have done it better, I guess.


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#6 posted 12-12-2011 09:44 PM

they said it couldn’t be done

then you did it !

i like

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 12-12-2011 10:22 PM

Hope you have shown them the error of their ways Barb, what do they know anyway LOL, you did a great job with whats left of this piece, dont know that you could actually design one like this cos it just sort of happens,
Well done :))

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

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#8 posted 12-13-2011 12:24 AM

They were right – “It couldn’t be done!” – Not.

Great job Barb. Way to tackle a tough piece of wood.

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

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#9 posted 12-13-2011 01:13 AM

Thanks, guys. You’re the best. I had my doubts about this piece, but, whatever works!


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#10 posted 12-13-2011 05:48 AM

That’s really nice Barb !

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#11 posted 12-13-2011 11:49 PM

Good job Barb that’s not an easy turn.

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#12 posted 12-14-2011 10:01 PM

Gee, that is what my turnings look like from a normal block? Just kidding. Fine work, but a bit un-nerving I would guess.


-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#13 posted 12-23-2011 08:56 PM

Hi Barb, I bet the locals are “gob smacked” WELL DONE You sure know how to turn.

Thanks for sharing this lovely and unusual turning Barb

-- When you know better you do better.

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