My first bowl

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Project by bfergie posted 03-05-2012 03:08 PM 1854 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’ve been getting back into woodworking after a long absence as I now have a place to do it and some time. I’ve always loved turning but never did any outside of school when I was a kid. What interests me most now is bowls and hollow vessels so to get me jump started I took a bowl turning class at the Woodcraft store in Denver a week ago. The instructor used to be a junior high woodworking teacher, so he was good at teaching us (and keeping us in line!).

This is the bowl I created. The wood is Sapele and it is about 6” in diameter.

I picked up my own lathe and some tools last week and my family already has a hundred projects for me to do!

-- Fergie in CO

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 03:20 PM

Great looking bowl. Especially for a first attempt.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 03:23 PM

That’s a dandy first bowl. Very NICE !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 04:44 PM

That is how the addiction starts and it only gets worse.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 05:58 PM

And so it begins. The addiction. Great bowl. You’re off to a great start and it’s only the beginning. Welcome to Lumberjocks and welcome to the world of turning. What lathe did you get?

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 06:11 PM

Very pretty bowl, just like riding a bike, nice finish too.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 09:29 PM

Thanks for the kind comments. I’m quickly realizing that the Lathe is just the beginning of the whole in my wallet…

@Darell – I picked up the Delta Midi Variable Speed for a great price. It hums very sweetly.

@jockmike2 – I used Danish Oil for the finish.

-- Fergie in CO

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#7 posted 03-06-2012 05:05 AM

Lathe work is addicting but I’m not gonna complain as long as the work comes out beautiful! Keep up the good work.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 03-06-2012 08:46 AM

Lovely bowl. Welcome to T.A. (Turners Anonymous)

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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