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This is another bowl I rough turned back in January. I finish turned it today and carved some small flutes into the rim. It measures 11" x 3 1/2". These were a couple of blanks that I bought from a local lumber company that cuts the trees and mills them. They carry a lot of larger turning blanks in domestic woods. Pretty reasonable prices too.
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-18-2011, 09:54 PM
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i love cherry wood turnings!!!!
did you have to lay out those carvings to make sure they were all even?
im prolly making it to hard lol but i have never done any carving
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Carved cherry bowl

WOW,another beautifull piece,you have made that cherry proud

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Thanks guys.
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I actually used the carving gouge as a marking tool. I was lucky and the spacing worked out first try. The last time I did one of these, I measured the diameter of the smaller edge where the flutes end up, figured the circumference (Pi x Diam.) and divided it by the with of the gouge and made minor adjustments from there. The carving part is fun. I don't have that much experience with the carving, so I learn as I go as far as tool control. Makes you feel kinda old fashioned when you are doing it and it is relaxing. The trick is holding the bowl tightly while carving. I left the bowl in the lathe chuck, took the chuck off the lathe, then set the spigot of the chuck in a wooden screw clamp and tightened it up. Then I took a large C-clamp and clamped the wooden screw clamp to my lathe bed. It held it tight, and I could rotate the bowl by just loosening the screw clamp just a bit and re-tighten it.
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You've been busy there Mike. Great looking bowls.

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Beautiful cherry bowl. I love that grain. And the rim adds a nice touch.
Which brings me to a question about this bowl and your Ambrosia Maple bowl with rims. Is the whole bowl the thickness of the rim or is it standard thickness and just gets beefier near the top to accommodate a rim? If the latter, don't you have drying problems, warping or cracking?
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great lookin carvings do you have the chuck clamp or if not how do you fix it to a spot to work on it

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Beautiful bowl Mike. You did a great job on the carving.
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the rim is beefier than the sides. I undercut it and taper it right into the sides. On these bowls, the sides are about 1/4". The bottom where it sits on is probably closer to a 1/2". I leave these bowl a little thicker because I consider them users. No problem with the rim cracking. These bowls are pretty dry when I finish turn them.

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In my above post I mentioned how I hold the piece. I have a vicmark chuck which I leave the piece in and take the chuck off the lathe. There is a spigot sticking out the bottom side of the chuck where it threads onto the lathe. I put the spigot into a wooden screw clamp. then I use a large metal C-clamp to clamp the wooden clamp to my lathe bed. It holds it real tight. To rotate the bowl, I just loosen the handle of the wooden clamp about a quarter turn and move the bowl, then retighten it.
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Mike that is gorgeous! I love what you are doing with the carving. What kind of carving tools are you using? I have been looking at some small sets but just haven't been sure which one I want to get. I got to see John Jordan about a month ago and have been wanting to do a little carving since then.

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