1st Maple Bowl

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Project by Pdl posted 05-02-2013 10:55 PM 1048 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the 1st bowl i ever turned. I bought a “practice blank” from my local wood working store in Reno Nevada. The buy them from a company in Oregon. This company (forgot name) uses big leaf maple to create highly figured blanks. They cut off the “non-figured” parts and turn them in to practice blanks. They all have a little bit of nice figure though. They come in all different sizes but none bigger than 8” square and 6” thick. The one I bought was 6”x6”x3” thick. It was $8. They have thinner ones for $5. The most highest priced one was around $15. Really good deal. I bought 3. This is the 1st one. Again it is big leaf maple, and was nice to turn. After sanding, I gave it an oil finish, and hit it with a thin coat of salad bowl finish (bees wax and oil). I can’t wait to get the others on the lathe. It’ll be fun. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 05-02-2013 11:59 PM

Pdl,looks good. Now you will be hooked for life. Its a whole new beginning. Good luck.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-03-2013 12:41 AM

That is a very nice first bowl and I love that spalted maple….........................Jim

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

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#3 posted 05-03-2013 04:06 AM

That is a great bowl, especially for your first attempt. It has strong form and lines. Thick and heavy, and that is the way people actually want them, unlike fellow turners at a convention who take pride in thin pieces, the rest of the population likes bowls that will last with use – like your’s mot certainly will.
For a “practice” blank it has some nice figure and spalting in it, I would pay extra if I could find that kind of wood locally in Alberta.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#4 posted 05-04-2013 01:45 PM

A beauty. Wow

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 05-04-2013 01:50 PM

This is beautiful and quite remarkable considering it’s the first bowl that you have turned. I’m sure that it will be the first of many.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 05-06-2013 02:13 PM

That’s pretty great for a first. Has some nice grains and spalting. Keep it up and make more of them.

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