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This last weekend I went over to my neighbor to thank him for the beautiful bowl he made us for Christmas. I've always been intrigued with wood turning so I asked him if he could show me sometime how to do it. He's been turning for a lot of years and he's in his 80's so I figured he would be a great teacher. He said hell now is as good as time and any because he had just put a new piece of wood onto his lathe, besides he said it was some of the maple I had brought him. He got me started and explained what I should be doing as I was making shaving. About 2.5 hours later I had this. Wow great fun. It's 8" across and 4" tall. I'm hooked plus he's going to let me use his extra lathe until I can get one. It's a 10" Jet and all I have to get are the tools for now. Nice neighbor.

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Bill that's an excellent first effort ... smooth curve and looks to be uniform thickness. Nice piece of wood too. One of the things that is VERY hard at first is getting used to turning relatively thin walls. My first one was even thicker than yours ... I didn't trust myself or the wood, but over time you get more trusting of both.

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great first bowl mate

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Bill that's an excellent first effort ... smooth curve and looks to be uniform thickness. Nice piece of wood too. One of the things that is VERY hard at first is getting used to turning relatively thin walls. My first one was even thicker than yours ... I didn't trust myself or the wood, but over time you get more trusting of both.

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Thanks Paul, I will be on my own on the next bowl so we'll see how I trust myself and the wood.
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First bowl, Great job. cant wait to see more.

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nice bowl!
you say its your first? wow!
my first bowl was a horrible shape, had irregular wall thickness and had tool marks all over it
and it didn't help that i didn't sand it above 220 grit :P
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Congratulations -- that's a nice bowl, and it would be whether it's your first or thirty-first

(I have a feeling my first attempt won't match the standard you've set -- but I'm going to try anyway)

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Thanks guys for all the praises. This could have been beginners luck so we will see how the next one goes. But no matter how it turns out, hehe, I'm sure it will be fun.

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That's a really nice form! Better than my first. Looks like a near perfect curve.
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