|Project by Thuzmund||posted 12-11-2013 04:43 AM||588 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
This was my first bowl. How cool that others can check it out, too.
I am still learning so I don’t have a bowl gouge. I used a spindle gouge mostly (not a roughing gouge though), and like many beginners, sort of took a guerrilla approach and used what felt right. I will learn more with time. maybe I can join a local club here in the capital district of NY.
My goal was to make it round with without destroying the piece, which I halfway succeeded at (I dug out a big chunk of the lip just before it was all done—of course).
However, I have no clue what kind of wood this is. I thought it was a piece of maple I was picking up off my neighbor’s devil strip because it’s common around here, but the heartwood looks too dark and there are some wild things going on with the blues and whatnot in the grain pattern. Your guess is as good as mine. Wait; you’re guess is actually way better than mine! :-D
I did learn that big old chunks of wood tend to retain moisture. It seemed pretty dry, but of course the bowl did cup a bit over the next few weeks. I think i will start to rough-turn any more bowls and wait for them to dry more before finishing them up.
This bowl would be just 1/2 of the yield of the log. What happened to the other half? While I admired this bowl (and observed its movement for a couple weeks) the other half of the log split right down the middle! Strike while the iron is hot, I guess!
My quest next summer will be to make friends with the tree people around town. It’s not everyday that you come across a hefty log on the side of the road. :)
Thanks for looking.
-- Here to learn