I'm new here and fairly new to woodturning. I took a short course on how to start woodturning and have been doing a bit of practising and would appreciate some HONEST criticism. I'd rather know what I'm doing wrong and how to correct my mistakes than be told I'm doing a wonderful job. That I can get from the LOML!
I made a small bowl from birch which showed a small knot on what was to become the top of the bowl. When I started turning the bottom I soon found that the knot went right through and was much larger than I thought. Maybe I shouldn't call it a knot as it was actually a fairly large hole. Anyway, I got to the point where I wasn't sure that the piece wouldn't fly apart so when I started turning the top of the bowl I quit with a fairly thick rim as I was afraid it would collapse on me.
The first picture is of the bottom and for you "foreigners" the coin on the bottom used for scale is a Canadian Twoonie ($2 coin). You can just make out, on the right side of the hole, the red towel I used as a background. Also, on the right side of the bowl you can see a very evident scratch. That wasn't there until I finished the bowl and then put it in a Donut Chuck I made to finish the bottom. Guess I'll have to figure out a better way to do that.
The photo of the top of the bowl shows the knot(?) and the coins are the Twoonie again and a quarter.
The third photo is of a couple of mallets I made for my son and son-in-law, also of birch. I'm fairly pleased with them but I'll have to learn a better way of removing them from the lathe as the ends are not as nice and smooth looking as I would like. Oh well, more practice needed, I guess.
Thanks for looking and any comments will be greatly appreciated.
Also, I notice that I'm not inserting the photos quite properly as I'd like you to be able to click on the first photo and see the larger version. For some reason it's necessary to go to the bottom of the post and click on the photos listed as "Attached Thumnails". Can anyone tell me how to correct this? Thanks again. ( Fixed for you, Gord. Just "attached" the larger pics. Welcome to the forum! Greg)