Anatomy of a Bowl

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Forum topic by Wildwood posted 04-18-2014 04:29 PM 795 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2014 04:29 PM

I am self taught wood turner and learn a lot from books, videos, lectures. One thing have learned is people have different words to describe the same thing whether bowl or spindle turning.

Not sure where pick up a bowl is like a composition with a beginning, body and ending that has served me well organizing my thoughts before and while turning a bowl. There are so many ways you can treat the rim, body, and base of a bowl to arrive at a pleasing form.

Betty Scarpino wrote a very nice article for titled “Anatomy of a Bowl.”

If you need a lot of rules have a look at this article by Laura & Bob Uden, “Woodturning Design.”

-- Bill

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#1 posted 04-19-2014 11:33 AM

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#2 posted 04-19-2014 01:18 PM

Wildwood Thanks for the link thats good info

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#3 posted 04-26-2014 08:30 PM

Great thread. I think design is the key to turning bowls and hollow forms. Trifern wrote a blog about it a few tears ago. I see lots of turned items, particularly bowls, that look clumsy. They often have very straight sides thanks for the design links. David Ellsworth, one of my heroes, discusses design at length in his book. Wood bowl design is largely a copy of pottery design. One of my many turning books has pages of classical pottery shapes.

-- Glen

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#4 posted 04-28-2014 11:02 AM

Before the internet books and videos served me well. After attending a seminar went to the library and checked out books on glass & pottery. Today you can find a lot of information online to the point of information overload without leaving your home.

Understand what you are saying about straight sided “flower pot,” bowls devoid of shape or proportion. I chalk that up to lack of experience, and think those folks can only get better.

Glen, with so many styles of pottery on line today no reason someone cannot figure out things like proportion and balance and improve their bowl turning and have a lot of fun doing it.

-- Bill

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