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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA


    This is my first post to this forum.....and this is a pic of my first attempt at a natural edge bowl. I think it is locust finished with Minwax Tounge Oil Finish. It's around 3.5"hX5.5"w. Critques are welcome. Thanks.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Tokiwadai, Japan
    Looks nice, Jeff...especially for your first!

    Welcome, and look forward to more of your work.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    hi jeff!
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Welcome aboard, Jeff. Looks like a nice little bowl, especially for your first stab at a natural edge. Critique-wise (for the next ones), I'd suggest trying to make the foot smaller. A lot of new turners -- me included -- tend to try to keep as much wood as possible, and end up with wide-bottomed bowls. I think you'll find a smaller foot helps lighten the look of a bowl.

    All that said, it's still a great first.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Great looking bowl Jeff. Welcome to FW. Keep'em coming. You want to keep that one so a year from now you can look back. You will be amazed.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Welcome Jeff. Been turning long?
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
    friend...if you have one."
    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
    --Winston Churchill, in response

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Welcome Jeff!

    Way to go, we like pics and your first post has a pic, and it is of something spinny

    Sure is a nice looking chunk of wood, do you have more?

    If you have the time, a short shop tour would be great, we always like seeing other guys shops, usually a good idea or three with can borrow

    Again, welcome to the family!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA

    Many thanks

    Thanks for all the comments/questions. To answer a few of them....I got my lathe when my grandfather past away about 6 years ago, but just got started using it seriously about 6 months ago.
    I do have a few more pieces of this wood so more pics will come. I also do plan on doing a quick shop tour if I can find the time. For starters here is a pic of my lathe. My granfather made it out of an industrial clothing press and a washing machine. I have varible speed, including reverse, using the spin cycle buttons/dials from the washing machine.
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  9. #9
    Welcome Jeff

    Your grandfather did a good job designing and building the lathe. He would be proud to see it been used to turn out wonderful work.

    Coffee pot is on!

    WoodWorking, Crappie Fishing, Colts, Life is good!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    North Ogden, Utah
    Hi Jeff,
    That's a great bowl for a first. You've already gotten some good advice so I won't repeat it. But that lathe is incredible. I love seeing things that involve that kind of ingenuity. Hopefully it still holds some of Granddads trick that you can coax out of it.

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