Bob and I are both taking an all day class on bowl turning on Saturday at Woodcraft. To get the most out of the class the last few days we been turning some small bowls at home. Even though we have taken a class and done some turning since the early class we are both still intimidated by the bowls.
You have a hunk of wood revolving 1500 times a minute and you are using a very sharp tool on it. Bob broke his bowl when it was about 3/4 done. It happens in the blink of an eye. One little wrong move and tool catches on the wood and you have a mess. We have both seen experienced wood turners do it so nothing to be ashamed about.
I finished my bowl, no photo yet because the finish is still drying. It is African mahogany and about 5 inches across. I would give it a grade of a C. It looks ok but the sides and bottom are a little too thick because that’s what scares me about turning, when it starts to get thin. I hope to make another one before Saturday.
We have 6 pieces of exotic and laminated wood for pens and I am almost finished with the 5 steps of prep work on those so soon we can turn pens. Can’t wait to see how they turn out, especially the laminated ones although the wood cracked on one piece when I was drilling it. Bob glued it together so now we will just have to see if it holds when we turn. I would expect that is a common problem with laminated wood. We have some new products to try for a finish on them. Bob and I both say we forget how satisfying it is to work on these projects.
He is nearing completion on the second of my two shadow boxes so should finish that project tomorrow.