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first bowl with new Thompson gouge

From the same half-log of silver birch: on the left, the "anniversary bowl" I made a couple of weeks ago; on the right, the one I made today with my birthday present, a 1/2" V-flute bowl gouge from Doug Thompson.

I haven't applied any finish to these yet, I'm reluctant to sign them in case the ink splotches as the wood seems very soft and absorbent.

What would be a good way to prep the surface so I can write on them?
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Nice pair of bowls. From the thread mentioned http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/an...ry-bowl-24399/
it looks like the wood was still green. Did you turn to final thickness and then let dry or rough turn, dry, and then final turn? Also you used a Benjamin's Best tool on the first one. I guess you noticed a big difference when turning with the Thompson's. How did the V shape compare to the regular wit respect to ease of turning, etc?

Oops. I just read your post on another thread about your new tool. Never mind.

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Lookin good there

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I sign my bowls with a fine tipped Sharpie after I have applied the finish. Nice bowls by the way. That new gouge is nice, isn't it? I love mine.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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.....with my birthday present, a 1/2" V-flute bowl gouge from Doug Thompson.
Those are beautiful bowls! Very nice! And very nice of Doug Thompson to send you a birthday present too...
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Nice pair of bowls. From the thread mentioned http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/an...ry-bowl-24399/
it looks like the wood was still green. Did you turn to final thickness and then let dry or rough turn, dry, and then final turn?
I just turned it all the way whatever state of greenness it was in -- probably not totally green, as it had been sitting in the neighbour's wood pile for maybe six months.

The new one has a couple of cracks in it -- one was there as I was turning (I dribbled some CA into it) but there's another that must have developed overnight.

Since I really turned these for the fun of turning, as opposed to actually wanting a functional bowl, I might just leave it the way it is.

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I sign my bowls with a fine tipped Sharpie after I have applied the finish. Nice bowls by the way. That new gouge is nice, isn't it? I love mine.
Thanks; what finish do you think would work on silver birch? It's really very soft and feels like a finish would soak right into it.
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Those are beautiful bowls! Very nice! And very nice of Doug Thompson to send you a birthday present too...
Thanks -- yes, all my wife did was email him saying it was my birthday. I have no idea what to send when it's his

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Nice looking bowls. I love the spalted maple. I'm finishing one of them myself. Once they are dry they are easy to sign with a pen. I'm thinking about getting a burner to sign my bowls. I think it will do a much neater job. Thats a thought.
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I'm thinking about getting a burner to sign my bowls. I think it will do a much neater job.
The idea crossed my mind, but the decent quality ones are not cheap -- and I can think of so many other tools I'd rather have for that amount of money

It's not maple, btw -- silver birch. Seems much lighter than maple, and not as hard.

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Unless you get a good quality wood burner with interchangeable tips and temp control, it's very hard to burn a signature into the wood. The sharpie works great and they're cheap. I like to finish my bowls on the lathe. I've tried all different finishes and the one I like most right now is one I get at my local Woodcraft (not sure if it's available everywhere) called Doctor's Woodshop (or Workshop maybe). It's a walnut oil, shellac/carnuba wax blend...similar to Shellawax but a little more forgiving. I put on a couple of coats of this and then wet sand on one or two coats of pure walnut oil. Gives a super smooth, lower sheen finish and is completely food safe.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Good looking bowls! But what, no picture of your bowl gouge? That is a nice birthday present!

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