How many of you bowl turners plan or lay-out a bowl prior to turning?
I turn mostly from local wood and can never seem to do the 'thinking ahead' that is required.
When I do plan a particular shape or size the wood generally leads me somewhere else.
The first turing course I took the instructor insisted that we all do a detail drawing of what we were going to turn. I along with the rest of the class did as we were told but then found myself forcing the wood into the shape I had decided on.
I guess I can see that if I was turning from pre cut square blocks it would be sensible but for me I like to go with the flow.
How about you?