Nothing like a good dose of reality hitting you hard, real hard.
5 years ago, at a woodworking show in Saratoga springs NY, I saw a candy dish/square bowl turned by Don Orr.
I thought it was a beautiful piece of work, and I asked him if I could purchase it for my wife.(she was not with me, but I knew she would have loved it, and she did, from the pictures I took)
Don said he couldn't sell it to me.
Maybe he thought I was asking for a discount, which I wasn't, I expect to pay for talent.
So back I went to try to turn anything close, remotely close to a don orr square turned piece.
And in the end, Ive done nothing more than create another piece of kindling for the fireplace.
Although this time, I believe I got a little bit closer to the final shape I wanted, but realize I need to start with a thicker piece and glue a block onto the dish to hold it on the lathe, not drill a hole and attach with expanded chuck, give me more depth.
I had to fill in a tiny hole since I went to deep, but, eh........youre killing me don, I don't have enough years left to get close to what you created.
heres my feeble attempt , I used some block of Spanish cedar. upside down pic without any finish, (I only applied finish instead of tossing it because I know my daughter will put it on a table and use it for keys or something, she gets mad if I toss anything I make)
that's don's dish on the right.
nobody better be laughing, Im not ashamed to admit Im 3 lightyears away from showing any bowl turning talent.
I think when the finish is dry tomorrow, IM going to attempt to take out more of the center to get closer to the look, probably blow up the piece, but its worth the try, as I look at what I can do to improve it.