Archive for the ‘Turning’ Category

Two bowls

July 12, 2011

I like turning natural edge bowls out of green wood; it is a nice change from flat work since you have a finished product in hours instead of days.  I even sand and apply lacquer an hour or two after I finish turning it.  I don’t see a need to let it dry completely out before finishing (I’m sure I’m breaking someone’s rule, but it works for me).  The bowls distort somewhat after a week or two.

The wood is cherry cut from a local downed tree.  There are plenty of  excuses to use a chainsaw when you are a turner!

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Face shield

June 25, 2010

I was turning a bowl I had rough turned a month ago when it split.  One half hit my face shield while the other half hit the wall.  If I had only been wearing eye protection instead of a face shield I would have been hit hard in the jaw.

I think I like my $15.00 face shield.

Natural Edged Bowl

February 20, 2010

I purchased a small lathe (Jet 1220) recently, and made my first natural edged bowl.  The wood is spalted oak cut from a downed tree on my co-worker’s property in North Carolina; I helped him cut it up and we shared the wood (he is a turner as well).

I sure I used the wrong tools and techniques as I am very new to turning, but the wood was nice enough that it didn’t matter.  One of these days I will learn the right way to make these.

I love the spalting.

My wife likes the bowl as well; that makes it easier to buy more lathe tools!