"Square" turned bowl

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Project by rilanda posted 08-17-2012 07:53 PM 1925 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Tom these 2 bowls are for you, the first is made from American Ash and is about 9” square. The second is made from a very difficult piece of American Black Walnut and contained a Knot that was almost the width of the piece, it’s dimensions are approx, 7” long by 5” wide. I definitely took precautions when turning this because I feared it would split and part company with the lathe. So it was head and face protection on and definitely don’t allow fingers to get between tool rest and bowls. The most difficult part of the process was cleaning up and I did get a few rapped knuckles from that, but a slow spindle RPM, a few well places plasters and the end result is what you see. There are times Tom when I think I must be a gluten for punishment, but I love it, love to see what can be made from what would have become firewood. You do need to be ever so slightly mad to turn these and shouldn’t be attempted without some turning knowledge and confidence. Sorry about the quality of t photo’s 4 & 6, they are the only ones I have of this view.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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Tom Godfrey

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#1 posted 08-17-2012 08:21 PM

Those are nice. No one told me that turning burls were so hard to do. I was told years ago learn the hard things first then every thing else would be easy. Wonder if that is going to be true with me?
Had another burl that was rotten and I decided to see what kind of wood if any was left and today I completed it. I will post tomorrow and let you see what I ended up with from a pretty good size burl.
As i was working on it I* kept wondering what am I going to end up with, if anything. It started to take shape all on its own as I removed the rotten part of the burl and it turned out to be something that I can use.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#2 posted 08-17-2012 08:25 PM

Great job on both i really like the ABW bowl ihave apiece about that size with a great feature in it and did not know what to do. I think I may borrow your idea with the shape if i may

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 08-18-2012 03:11 AM

Very nice bowls. That is scary with the points spinning around. You did a fine job on them!
The worst part had to be sanding them on the lathe. I think I would have turned them fully round and cut the flats on the band saw.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 08-18-2012 06:54 AM

2 lovely projects – that’s something else to add on to the list of things to be made with a lathe.. square bowls.
I am goi g to start looking at the price of a lathe in finland….

-- Englishman in Finland I am guessing that i am Finglish.

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#5 posted 03-26-2013 12:25 PM

The bowl style is one of my favorites. I can’t make em but I sure like seeing them. Your pieces are great. Wow!

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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