My very first bowl

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Project by deeman posted 641 days ago 1354 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to turn a bowl for many years and have failed a few times. For the past few months I have watched videos and read all I could . Last week I turned my first. The piece of walnut came from my sons fire wood stack. I have enough to make several more. Any advice or comments good or bad are welcome.

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#1 posted 641 days ago

That’s a good looking piece of walnut. Did you mill the wood down yourself?

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 641 days ago

First, nice looking bowl.

Second, it really pains me to think they’re burning walnut! :-)

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 641 days ago

Lookin at this piece I think I would turn up the heat pump & save the timber ;))
Great first shot mate

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

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#4 posted 641 days ago

Very Nice Work! Thanks For Posting.


-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#5 posted 641 days ago

The tree was blown over in a storm, and my son helped cut it up. He knew I would want some of it, so he spit some of it and brought it to me. I have several pieces left and will turning more bowls.

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#6 posted 641 days ago

Wow! A beautiful turned bowl. Super nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 641 days ago

great looking bowl.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 641 days ago

Don’t know why you would need any suggestions – that looks great!

-- Turning A Round

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#9 posted 641 days ago

NIce job on your first bowl…I’m a newbie turner as well and plan to start some bowl work this Winter. What type of lathe to you have that has the round cross bars? I have a Robert Sorby lathe that isn’t made anymore that has the round bars like yours and I’d love to see how other people incorporate accessories onto round bars in lieu of the more typical flat bed with open slot…steady rests, etc…

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#10 posted 641 days ago

Very nice bowl for your first one! Check out for some outstanding items.

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#11 posted 641 days ago

I like it, I love Walnut.
Great Job!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#12 posted 641 days ago

Well worth the wait. It looks great.

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#13 posted 641 days ago

Practice practice and more practice. Start off with less expensive woods and/or scraps and build those skill. It appears you already have a good start, nice bowl. Thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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#14 posted 641 days ago

I’d know Shopsmith way tubes anywhere.

Nicely turned for your first. The Shopsmith is a very capable lathe.

My only critique is to dare to go thinner on the walls. It takes practice is all.

Again nice turn with good proportions.

-- - Terry

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#15 posted 640 days ago

Thanks for all the kind words. Yes it is a shopsmith.I have 2 of them one from 1985 and one from the early 70’s.

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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