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bowl & plate patterns

As most of you know, I'm a newbie to the turning magic.
I know we're supposed to let the wood give us what it wants, but I'm struggling with what shapes to try to achieve.
Does anyone have a cross section or pattern that they go buy when it comes to plates, platters and small bowls?
I'm heading out this weekend for my turning therapy and would like to have a shape in my mind as I chuck up my blanks.
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tc, pick up a copy of Richard Raffan's "The Art of the Turned Bowl". He talks a lot about size, proportion, shape, etc in that book. Lots of drawings/pics of what looks good and why. Also, just look around...look at bowls and serving plates you already own (don't have to be wood). Or just google bowl or platter on the image page. You'll get plenty of inspiration.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Thanks Dusty,
I Googled some images and printed out some I liked.
I have access to Raffan's book, but I always forget to look at it... so I will.
I'll probably go free style on one or two just to practice.....
I'm always inspired by your work, too.

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Just go to one of your local stores. Pick up bowls plates and platters and look at them. Make notes on what you like and then sketch them out.
You can also look up plates and platters online. YOu might find some nice shapes and designs but you can't hole them so it's hard to get a feel for the how the bottoms look.
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As most of you know, I'm a newbie to the turning magic.
I know we're supposed to let the wood give us what it wants, but I'm struggling with what shapes to try to achieve.
Does anyone have a cross section or pattern that they go buy when it comes to plates, platters and small bowls?
I'm heading out this weekend for my turning therapy and would like to have a shape in my mind as I chuck up my blanks.
Thanks always
Tom
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1+ on the Raffan book, it really shows how a very small change can make a lot of difference.

When I started I made up a board 16” long (piece of 2X6) and marked with 1/2” grids. A small length of chain and push pins and you have a quick catenary curve to at least get some idea of a pleasing shape. Of course you can’t do compound curves with it.

I have also copied photos online, resized and printed on graph paper.

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there are a number of pattern on my bowl site:

http://www.phinds.com/bowls/

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"Bill Grumbine" Bowls made easy. He takes you from cutting the log to making the bowl to adding a finish and is down to earth when explaning the process. Excellent DVD...
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I find inspiration from the work of ceramic potters.
Many of their designs and flowing lines suit our work method , and that may be because of the similarity of our crafts .
Something to do with the journey that they have shared through time , turner's lathes and potter's wheels being two of the oldest machines on the planet .

Other times I just chop away anything that don't look like a bowl , and see whats left
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