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90 bowls in 30 days

I got an order today for 60 Ulu bowls. Yesterday I got an order for 30 decorative bowls from another vendor. I'll have to turn around the clock to get these done. They will be primarly Birch, but I am going to turn Spruce as well. I was able to rough out 5 bowls in 4 hours today, but man am I tired.

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Just think only 85 more to go.
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I'm just thinking of the $7,000.00 this will make. :)

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Careful what you wish for

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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nice money but dang thats alot of turning
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congratz on the order!

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90 bowls on the wall, 90 bowls on the wall, take 5 down, pass it around, only 85 more to go.....funny you got an order for 90 bowls on 4-20.....
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I don't envy you. I hate production work. A few years ago I had a couple of orders for Christmas ornaments and decided to make what I considered a big batch. I made 25. I took them to the first customer and she bought all of them. I had to turn around and make 25 more over the next 2 weeks. I kind of got into it.
I have done short runs of bowls and just don't like it. It wears me out, although I am much faster than I used to be.
Look up Glen Lucas's videos on you tube. this guy turns hundreds all the time. I heard that he turned a bowl in some phenomenally short time at the AAW sympsium. I don't remember how long it was but do remember it sounded impossible to me. Seems like it was 5 minutes or less or something like that. Does anyone know for sure.
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This forum is an amazing place to learn new things. Now I know (after some googling) what a Ulu bowl is. As a bonus I also know what a Ulu knife is .
Turn on - just 85 to go. Will there be pics of them all?
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90 bowls in 30 days reminds me of that four letter word try most to avoid!

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...funny you got an order for 90 bowls on 4-20.....
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Doug,
What kind of bowl is a 'ulu' bowl? How big are these, can you post a pic when you unchain yourself from the grindstone?

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Here's a link for some music while you are turning:
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I can't wait to see your post with 90 bowl pictures! :D
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Thanks everyone. There will be some pictures for sure. Here are a few examples of Ulu Bowl that I turn.

This is the standard square bowl 11"x11"x3". Retails for $130


This is a more decorative version 11"x3". Retails for $130


I'm making 60 of the square ones. Whish isn't too bad because the customer provides me with the square blanks. All I have to do is hollow out the center making sure it follows the contour of the Ulu.

The other 30 bowls I'm making from start to finish and have no stipulations on design, shape or species. What will be difficult is having these dry fully in time. Good thing I have plenty of finished bowls set aside just in case I can't finish all of the decorative ones.

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An ulu is a type of knife used by the eskimos. The second picture, you can see the ulu sticking out of the bowl. Here is in article for those interested:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulu

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Congrats on the big order. Happy turning and don't forget to eat and sleep.
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An ulu is a type of knife used by the eskimos. The second picture, you can see the ulu sticking out of the bowl. Here is in article for those interested:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulu

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Thanks Tyson,
after staring at that second pic I remembered the name of it. At first it looked like a motorcycle seat with a backrest.
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think about it this way you if you do 3 a day you will get them don in the 30 days you have gosh that is a ton of turning
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it would be funnier if the wanted them on 4 20
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90 bowls on the wall, 90 bowls on the wall, take 5 down, pass it around, only 85 more to go.....funny you got an order for 90 bowls on 4-20.....
ok so whats up with this?
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