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    My first turned bowl

    Gang,

    Whoever said this turning was a slippery slope wasn't kidding! My tablesaw is starting to get a complex with all the time I spend with my lathe.

    I had a piece of cherry just sitting around that was a cut-off from a project. I decided I may as well play around with it on the lathe. It's size made it a candidate for a small bowl. Now this is the first bowl that I've made by myself. The shape isn't to die for. Walls ended up too thick as I was getting way too close to the bottom and didn't want to make a funnel. Anyways, I guess that's how we learn.

    Comments and suggestions are welcome.
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    Lee Laird
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    I like it Lee. I have spent the last two hours making a bowl edge thinner and thinner. While my intentions weren't to make it as thin as I did, I kept getting gouges so I had to cut them back.

    Let's see more of this from you, I'll even bet Larry will start turning.



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    Congrats on a fine first bowl, Lee. Yes the slope is slippery, but it's fun.

    Save that bowl and have a look at it in a year...you'll probably be surprised how much your skills develop.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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    Frank,

    Thanks. I thought about going back in to slim down the walls but not having the best of skills, yet, I decided to just let this one stay a bowl.

    Vaughn,

    Thanks and yep, I'll mark the bowl and come back to it for comparisons along the way. Hope they continue to improve.

    Guys,
    I had a nasty catch last night on a piece of oak. I'd put a small tenon (probably too small) on a 4" cylinder and was holding it in my chuck. I thought I'd flatten the opposite end and went for, as it turns out, either the wrong tool or technique. I grabbed a flat ended scraper and just as I touched the wood the piece catapulted into the built-in lamp, shattering the florescent bulb into a multitude of pieces across the shop. I'd just used the scraper on the other end of the piece (that was already flat) to touch up the tenon. Who knew. I puttered around cleaning up the glass all over the shop while my heart came back down from my throat. Well, most of the turning is fun.
    Lee Laird
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    Lee, very nice bowl. I like the thick sides.

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    Wayne,

    Thanks. Hope to add some thin-wall items, too, to my gallery before long. Practice, practice, practice.
    Lee Laird
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    Lee great looking first bowl. You need to sign and date it. Make sure you keep it to compare with 1, 2 or 3 yrs down the road. I can't believe my first one to one now.
    Bernie W.

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    Thanks Bernie. I hope my improvement over the years will mimic your's. I signed and dated the bottom of the bowl this evening. I finally got one of the wood-burning tools and I like the results so much better than the sharpies I'd been using.
    Lee Laird
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    Lee, I think I've had my worst catches with scrapers. They sure do get your attention, huh? Now I just use them for baby-soft finishing cuts, and the pucker factor has gone way down.

    On the other hand, you're learning the limits and proper application of your various tools much like the rest of us have...by trial and the occasional error.
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    Vaughn,

    You are so right. When you're green you can go into a situation without baggage, but sometimes that bites you where it hurts! I always wear my face shield, but wouldn't you know that for that brief instant in time, during my worst catch so far, I wasn't wearing it. It didn't take me long to recoil from the noise and the pretty lights. Obviously, today I was back to wearing it religiously like before. Got my attention. Funny, I'd been watching Richard Raffan on DVD make some boxes and I was using what I thought was a sound technique. Some of the masters can really make the craziest things look easy.

    Thanks for the commiseration.
    Lee Laird
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