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    Walnut Natural Edge In Progress

    I was talking to a guy at a recent show about a walnut natural edge bowl I'd sold earlier, and he asked if I would be willing to make another one for him. After a few messages back and forth, here's what showed up the other day from Mark Cothren...a 19" x 17" NE Bowl Kit.

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    A little work with the Forstner bit on the drill press to make a flat spot, and I was ready for the faceplate...

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    Mounted up...

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    Bottom roughed out...

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    Inside roughed out...

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    And the damage afterwards...

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    Just think, with a coring set up, you could have made him a "Nested Natural Edge Bowl Set.......... a " NNEBS"

    Looks like it will be a winner, and your shop looks like it needs a shower curtain, or something, I've been thinking about that for myself.

    Sure looks like it turns well, and how are you liking that adjustable curved tool rest?

    Cheers!
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    Looks great for the moment, I thought that you had some sort of dust/chip extractor on your shop, one thing is sure you've got real sharp tools, otherwise you would be making dust instead of shavings!
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    Looking good Vaughn! Thats one of the nice things about working those shows; making contacts that turn into follow-on work

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    19" in diameter! Wow! I've gotta get me some mustard!

    Looks great, Vaughn. But I don't know where you get the patience to wait three weeks before you do the final turning...

    Here's hoping the bark doesn't fly off!

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    A 19'' natural edge bowl, that's gonna be a pretty big bowl Vaughn, so far it's looks good, I'm waiting to see the finished bowl.
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    Oh! the wait is killing me.

    Looking very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Just think, with a coring set up, you could have made him a "Nested Natural Edge Bowl Set.......... a " NNEBS"
    From what I've read, coring a NE blank can be done, but it can be pretty scary when things go bad. I've seen finished pieces, but they were quite a bit smaller, and taken from a log with a flatter bark face. I'll probably try it when I get a coring rig, but I'm not holding my breath that it'll be doable.
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    ...how are you liking that adjustable curved tool rest?

    Cheers!
    It's fine as long as I'm not out at the end of the tool rest. Especially on the long bar (the one in the picture) out on the last 2 or 3 inches, it starts to vibrate if I don't use very light cuts, and sometimes even that doesn't solve it. I suspect I'll get the Oneway version one of these days.

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    That's gonna be quite the bowl once it is finished! How did your arms and legs hold up? I get fairly tired when roughing out large diameter stuff - for me thats close to 15". I've also heard that walnut is not good for compost - what did you do with all the shavings?

    Back to the bowl... looking forward to seeing the finished product! So far, it looks really nice!
    Steve

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    Lookin' good, Vaughn! Git'r done...

    Steve, I have composted quite a bit of Walnut shavings... I haven't used it anywhere - don't know if I will - but I can tell you this... the earthworms LOVE that stuff.
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