I got home from work today and while out in my garage I suddenly got the urge to turn on my big Delta lathe. I have not used it in about 3 years. So after a short time checking out the lathe and cleaning down the rails I was ready to go. I remember starting a bowl a while back so I set out to find it. I found a brown paper bag under my workbench with the bowl blank still inside. The bag was dated by me as "Willow" 7-25-2011. That must have been when I roughed out this blank then placed into the bag to dry. It's been 3 years and it seems pretty dry now! . It was pretty warped but I placed it back onto the lathe and started it spinning. Seems that all my tools could use a good sharpening too.
Anyway....I have the outside pretty much as I want it so I started to work on the inside. There seems to be this 3-4 inch long section near the rim that is much harder material than the rest and I just cant seem to get it to smooth out like the rest of the inside. This can be seen near the lower right section near the rim.
So my question is......how do I deal with real hard sections of a bowl blank. Is it just a matter of having ultra sharp tools or is it a common problem and I just don't know how to deal with it. Sure felt good to be making shavings again.