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First Winged Bowl (Walnut)

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Project by Craig Havran posted 866 days ago 1439 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I gave the 4 sided bowl a shot last night and am very pleased with my results. Turning the corners is a bit tricky as most of the time you’re turning air, but with an extremely sharp tool, didn’t have any tear out which was my initial greatest fear. There was a large knot in the wood that you can see in the 3rd picture on the left that I was actually hoping would go all the way through, but it ended right at my finished depth. I love turning rough cut lumber as I could not see any of the grain initially due to the rough mill saw cuts. Once I got it trued up on the top and bottom I knew I had a special piece of wood. All constructive criticism is welcome. Thank you for looking.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad





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bfergie

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#1 posted 866 days ago

Very cool. A bit scary for newb turner like me, but I’ll have to try it sometime.

Nice job.

-- Fergie in CO

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Michael1

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#2 posted 866 days ago

Very nice looking bowl. I am gluing up a walnut blank to do a winged bowl similar to this. My design is to have two bowls that stack on top of each other where the top bowl acts as a lid for the lower bowl and the wings large enough to act as feet for the bowl. Did you have any trouble with the walnut wanting to split at the feet? Any suggestions on this? What type of chuck did you use on your lathe? I dont have the jaw chucks common for bowl turning and have turned a waste block chuck that will be glued to my blank, parted off and used as a jamb chuck when I turn the blank around. Any advice would be appreciated.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina, http://www.scicaskets.com

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Craig Havran

331 posts in 1214 days


#3 posted 866 days ago

bfergie- Don’t be scared… Give it a shot. The worst thing that happens is you screw up a wing and modify it to be a regular bowl… give it a shot!!

Michael1 – I really didn’t have any problems with the feet wanting to split, but I think that it’s probably because I continually sharpen my tools at the first sign I’m not getting the “ribbons” coming off. I think I sharpened my gouge 5 times turning this bowl (could be excessive, but oh well). My chuck is the Nova Midi, and I would really recommend having the correct jaws. As far as your waste block / jam chuck, I have never used a jam chuck so I’m not much of a help there. What I recommend is buying a dedicated face plate and creating your own “universal” holder. buy your faceplate, some 4/4 Maple, and a PVC plumbing coupler (something close to diameter of inside of bowl, but does not have to be perfect). I think mine is a 3” to 4” with my faceplate on the 3” side. You will then turn the Maple mounted to the faceplate with a small champfer so that it will fit very snugly into the coupler (3” side). Then, once you’ve got it inside the coupler and trued, drill some countersunk holes into the coupler sides where the wood is to hold the wood in place. Once you’ve got that done, I use some copper tubing insulation on the rim of the coupler to protect the bowl. Since PVC is an extruded product, be careful and make sure the 4” end (in my case) is also true. Use a scrapper or something to clean it up if not. Turn it slow though as the PVC can get hot and it won’t like you. Hope that helps!!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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doncutlip

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#4 posted 866 days ago

That is a really cool bowl, thanks for posting it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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WeekendWoodworking

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#5 posted 866 days ago

Awesome!!! Nicely done!!!

-- Steve at WeekendWoodworking

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deon

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#6 posted 865 days ago

Great design and choice of wood

-- Dreaming patterns

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Lidiya Blaznina

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#7 posted 865 days ago

Very interesting form.

-- Lidiya,Russia.http://www.reznoe.ru/

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mgburr

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#8 posted 864 days ago

Nice bowl. I’ve got a couple of winged items, and I can definitely agree on the sharpening of the gouges. I wonder though, did you get a knuckle catch on that one. ;-) I defintely like the amount of curve on the leaves.

Again from another “air turner” good job.

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Craig Havran

331 posts in 1214 days


#9 posted 863 days ago

Thanks everybody. mgburr- no I did not… It was my wrist :-) still bruised. I actually thought I broke the bowl which was the only thing I cared about. The wrist will heal. :-)

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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Craig Havran

331 posts in 1214 days


#10 posted 863 days ago

Thanks everybody. mgburr- no I did not… It was my wrist :-) still bruised. I actually thought I broke the bowl which was the only thing I cared about. The wrist will heal. :-)

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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marchbrown

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#11 posted 848 days ago

very nice and youre rihgt , nice piece of wood

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