|Project by Bill Akins||posted 08-12-2008 08:47 PM||1128 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Awhile back my father acquired a lathe from his brother-in-law. We had never attempted any wood turning before. He made him a mallet for his first project and then me one (the light colored one). One trip home last spring I made me one too (the darker one). He has been playing with the lathe ever since. I helped him purchase a bowl chuck. He has been turning bowls ever since.
A couple of weeks ago I went back home and tried my first bowl, more of a cup really. It is 4 1/2 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches wide at the mouth. It is made from a piece of dogwood that died in my Dad’s backyard. It was very tough to work with, especially endgrain. I didn’t get to smooth it as much as I wanted. It has a few glitches in it but I am pleases with my first attempt.
I can’t wait until I get a lathe. That’s the most fun with wood I have ever had.
-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.