to make me a bowl steady. I was making the final pass (very light finishing cut) on the inside of a bowl of spalted Maple crotch. All was going well. The bowl was singing to me (wall thickness was about 3/16"), but I wasn't alarmed. Then when the bowl gouge (Ellswworth grind) was about 5/16" from the rim... POW! Blew a 2" x 4" chunk out at the rim. I wasn't removing that much material (1/32" maybe), and I was taking it easy. All I had left to do was sand and finish. Needless to say, I was really... (expletive deleted)! LOML had already claimed it so I brought it in to show her. She was nearly as upset as I, but then said, "Okay, just turn it into a high rimmed platter and I'll use it for candles."
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go hit the thrift stores for a used pair of roller blades.