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Thread: Show us Your Worst!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Show us Your Worst!

    If you're like me, you probably have some turned pieces that you're very proud of, but you've probably also got a few on the shelf that you wish you had do-overs on. I know I sure do.

    With that in mind, I figured it'd be fun to have a "Hall of Shame" thread. If we can't look at our mistakes and learn from them, we'll never get any better. And if we can't also laugh at our mistakes, then we've got bigger problems than a funky-looking turning.

    So let's see some of your worst. Check your ego at the door and feel free to post pics and your own commentary. I'll start the bowl rolling with these...

    Here's one I dislike more and more every time I see it. It's a great piece of wood, but the form's just a trainwreck. The neck is too big and too straight. You can't tell from the picture, but I also left the bottom too thick, so it's real bottom-heavy when you pick it up.

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    Or there's this of my earlier bowls. It's round and it's shiny, but that's about it. The curve on the sides is not consistent or smooth.

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    And everybody makes at least one UFO bowl. Here's mine:

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    Of course, maybe you don't have any finished pieces that are less than perfect. Surely you have some pics like this one. (This piece always gets lots of comments in my booth.)

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    OK, there's a few to start. Who's gonna step up next?
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Cornwall, England

    A vse I tried to do at an angle. The thicknes varies all the way down and the finish feels like an off road cycle track. It's also about an inch thick at the bottom.

    My first attemprts at doing globes and hollow forms, these are there staring me in the face asking to be remounted, hollowed out more and have new legs and finials. I will get round to ity. In the meantime they act as a reminder that I am getting better at them.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Hmmmmmmmm, your do overs are better than my final products!
    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.

    I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place.

    Premier Bovine Scatologist


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Pickles Gap, Arkansas
    For me that's like saying "show me your old socks you don't wear any more"... too many to pick from...

    My first bowl

    This one was re-turned and has been my shop mallet for a few years now...

    Nice form on this thin-walled NE...

    There are plenty more where those came from...
    If you have a pulse you have a purpose...

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    I'll be pleased when I turn enough stuff to be that bad!

    ...on second thought, maybe I'd better stick with firewood!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member
    Member of Mensa
    Live every day like it's your last, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    I could post half my work here....

    This one started out to be a suspended bowl with legs... I saw one in a magazine and wanted to try it... should have tried it with less expensive wood and not such hard wood..... I got to the suspended part with legs, but the it jumped off the lathe, hit the floor, rolled out the door and hit the concrete blocks I use for steps, then under the shop. Should have left it there, but I crawled under the shop and got it. I had broken two legs and I should have just shot it, but decided to try to return and salvage... I like the wood, but the shape is atrocious. The wood is called Quebracho... the bark was used in leather tanning back in days past.
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    Tellico Plains, TN
    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
    If you go looking for trouble, it will usually find you.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    You guys have to be joking here. Vaughn that first piece i think is fantastic. Yeah I mean i like the look. To me it reminds me of an African pot that the indigenous people make from clay.

    Hey there is something for everyone here.

    Before you burn it send it to Canada. We will look after it here, and give it all the protection it deserves.

    If those are you guys worst then i cant consider posting.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Rob mentioned send it before you burn it...well it's to late for a couple of mine. I had a mistake burning ceremony this weekend. I had enough to keep me warm all day yesterday!

    I also included a pic of my first bowl. Yes it's my worst, your suppose to get better with each one right?
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    I had a mistake burning ceremony this weekend. I had enough to keep me warm all day yesterday!
    What a coincidence. I have one each year. Here is picture of last years. For some reason, it always attracts a crowd of people.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
    Well Vaughn i don't really have anything that i would call my worst yet. I have burned the ones that went boom already. Like others have said I can't see anything wrong with anything anyone has posted yet. They all look good to me. I guess we are all our worst critics, but this is how we learn to get better. This is what is great about this forum I feel that i am not alone with my mistakes and am grateful for all the advice that I get that can direct me in the right direction. I am the first to admite that I don't know everything and I am never too old to learn new stuff. If I have not said it before thanks to all that can bear with me and my asking of what may seem like stupid questions.

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