Well seeing Vaughn's BLUE hollow form the other day really inspired me. I built myself a hollowing rig several years ago but never got around to using it so I decided to give it a go. A few years ago I saw an ad on Craigslist that someone was giving away some wood from a tree they had cut down so I went to see what it was. Turns out it was some kind of "hedge" trees growing along a fence line. The logs were about 8-9 inches across so I grabbed a few of the logs to bring home for turning. I sealed the ends and they have been in my garage for about 3-4 years now.
So the other night I cut one up and mounted it on the lathe and started turning. Having never done any kind of hollow form I was not expecting great results but my turning rig works great and I think this project is coming along nicely so far.
Now for my problem. I'm using a Nova chuck to hold this piece with a tenon I turned at the beginning. However now I need to turn off that tenon and finish the bottom of the bowl but I don't have any way of holding this piece to do that. The only chuck I own you can see in one of the photos here. I don't have one of those plywood "donut type" chucks that I have read about but is that what I need to do?
I need some advice here.