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post #1 of 11 Old 03-05-2011, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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First bowl attempts

Howdy,
I finally got around to trying my hand at bowl turning...
Yep, it is a bit beyond my skill set.

The locust is finished, meaning I'm done messing with it.
Walnut is a work in progress...
I waited to long with it and the rim is slightly out of round, so I'll have to thin it quite a bit.

The cedar was turned this AM.

...and to show that I have been turning something, a few of my tea-light holders...

I hope to get as good as y'all one day, I'll just keep making chips and dust!

Thanks to all for posting your fine turnings, it keeps me trying!

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They look good. Keep it up, bowls just take practice.

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yea i think they look good too
my dad gave me a piece of locust i wanna turn buts way smaller than yours
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Tea Lights!!!! great idea
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I like the one mounted on the lathe. That is some great looking wood.

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Paulie,
All your work looks good. Keep on going. We all start out with bowls that look very much like yours. As you keep turning, you will experiment with making them a little thinner, bottoms more of a continuous arc, etc. The bowls you have now are great bowls to actually use. I call them workhorses. They are great for fresh fruit, candy, etc. Put 'em to use and keep making more. I like the tea lights. Nice finish on everything. The whole point of turning is to have fun. I would say you are doing that.
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Thanks all!
The cedar bowl mounted has a large knot on the rim, and I'm not willing to try to carve it down too far, so that will be a shallow bowl with a large rim...
Wait a minute, all my bowls are shallow, with large rims!

I keep seeing the stuff that you guys make and think, "I can do that"...
But, no... no I can't, yet.

I understand the learning curve, and do enjoy the time spent in the "shop".

I found a book called, The Art of Bowl Turning, by Richard Raffin...
The pictures of the work in there make me want to either keep going, 'til I can attempt similar forms, or...
Throw my hands up and surrender!

Thanks again,
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never surrender lol
your work is nice
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I like your bowls a lot. I LOVE your tea candle holders. I think I may have a go at something like that today.
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Am I missing something? What makes them beyond your skill set? These look like really nice efforts to me- even side walls, good lines, and as far as I can tell, clean cuts. What's not to like about them?
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Thanks Frank,

I don't DISlike any of my stuff, my wife loves everything I make (queen ego-stroker she), and we're all our own worst critics...

I guess it has to do with the amazing work I see here and elsewhere...

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and as far as I can tell, clean cuts.
There is a reason the lighting and angle are as they are!

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Big knot on rim...
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