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    Just getting into turning. My first bowl.

    Hey folks. I just got me a lathe in the last couple of weeks and just got going with it. I have turned a few pens at my local Woodcraft and then I turned a couple of tool handles and that is about it.

    I have really wanted to turn a bowl and this last Sunday afternoon had to time. I did not have any material for the job so started digging around my yard to see what I could come up with. I then remembered a friend of mine dropped off a pretty large mesquite limb for the BBQ. It was dry so I cut a chunk off and mounted a face plate and went to work. It was pretty knotty and checked and I was really scared it would come apart but was able to soak it with CA and get it done.

    It is about 5 3/4 inches at the top about 2 1/4 inches at the bottom and about 2 inches high. Finished with Watco. Sorry about the cruddy photos I need to work on that a bit.

    Let me know what you think.

    Thanks,

    Alan
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    Well Alan, is this is your first bowl, than I'll wait for the second.
    Boy this is professional work, hatt off for you.
    Keep them coming!
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    Alan, welcome. You are hooked I can tell. Really nice work for the first time. We are going to want to see more of the same.

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    Great looking bowl for your first. They get easier with everyone you do.
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    Hey Alan, looks great, keep that one, in a year, it will be really fun to look back at it!

    The wood looks fine, the cracks and checks make it more "interesting", besides, it certainly looks like it will hold a few scoops of ice cream, so what else matters
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    Very nice Alan, especially for a first. Now you see why we're all hooked on this stuff.

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    Great job Alan.

    I'm no expert at wood turning but turning those knots must have been very scary! At least it would have been to me!.
    Best regards,
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    Alan,
    Looks great make sure you keep it & you'll be able to see how far you have come with your turning ability after 1 year.

    Chuck

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    Thanks for the compliments. It was pretty scary to turn. When I roughed out the bowl and saw how checked it was, and every once in a while I would get a catch with the bowl gouge I decided to try to reinforce the checks and knots with the CA. I was sure I was going to throw it on the floor or blow it up. I finished the hollowing/thinning of the bowl wall with a nice sharp scraper and skew chisel. I think I learned some lessons making it. Things I want to try and things I was doing wrong. I guess it is all a learning process.

    Sadly I have to go out of town for 5 days for a family reunion and will not get to turn for a while. However on the plus side I found a place where I am going that seems to have some awesome exotic burl bowl and pen blanks. I think I will have to ship home several USPS Flatt Rate Boxes. I will let everyone know how it goes.

    Thanks, Again

    Alan

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