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    Thin Maple Bowl

    Wanted to turn something that was a little different and this is the result. Finally got over treating each piece of wood I put on the lathe like it is the last piece of wood I have. I was determined to turn this bowl thin and I didn’t care if it blew up in the process. I am happy with the result!

    Thin Maple bowl, 10 ½” diameter x 5 ¼” high. The rim is 3/16” and rapidly tapers to 1/8” for the rest of the bowl with the center bottom area a little thicker at ¼”. Sanded to 320 grit and has 3 of 7 coats of Minwax Wipe-On Gloss Poly. It will get buffed after the poly cures.

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    As always – your comments, critiques and opinions are welcome!

    Thanks for looking!
    Steve

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    As always great work
    Steve

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    I'll give it a WOW... haven't tried for a particularly thin bowl yet... I guess I need to get over the fact I might blow one up... I hate to waste anything and like you, don't know why I think it's the last piece of wood I have... I have the equivelent of about 2-4 cords of wood stacked out back under tarps that I may or may never get turned.... A lady the other day give me a full pick up load of spalted maple... I'll lose a good portion of it before I ever get it turned... I cut a maple on my own property 4 years ago that was 3' diameter and still have a portion of that... (Unforutnately I burned over 1/2 before I realized what I had)... I have another friend that is about to cut a walnut tree and I know I'll get that... I guess I could waste a piece now and then.

    I have a bradford pear bowl I turned in that shape, but not so thin... wish now I had gone thinner. Great Job Steve.. Love the coloring.
    Chuck
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    Lovely clan looking bowl there. Is it dry? Asking as you have the pith running right through it so if you have turned it wet it could become a different shape.

    pete

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    Good stuff, Steve. After all the hollow forms you've posted lately, I wasn't sure if you still remembered how to turn a bowl.

    I like your attitude about going for it and not treating a blank as if it's the last one you'll own. I turned a little 4" diameter ironwood hollow form a few nights ago, and got one part thinner than I'd planned, so I went ahead and thinned out the rest of it. It's now got 1/16" walls, and I'm really liking it. (Still need to post some pics of it.)
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    as usual, beautiful piece.
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    Thanks for the kind words everyone!

    Pete - I roughed this bowl out in November '08, soaked it in DNA and then wrapped and stored it in my shop - so it was plenty dry when I finish turned it.

    Vaughn - I can see why folks like to turn the thinner stuff - very challenging and you can feel the difference! Course, any of my hollow forms would make great paper weights! Looking forward to seeing your Ironwood HF!
    Steve

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    Looks great Steve, lots of character in that piece of Maple!

    I love turning Maple, but sometimes it is so very plain jane
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    Steve, very nice as always. Simple shapes are still a favorite.

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    Very nice Steve.
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