Outside rim to rim at the very top is 7 3/4". I left the wall 1/2" thick - is that too much for either looks or drying?
Firehawk - Thanks! I figured the shavings looked good for the picture (believe me there was LOTS more not in the picture), but got it all cleaned up before closing up for the night (my wife probably wishes I cleaned elsewhere like I keep the workshop).
Slatron, I guess the trick to doing natural edge bowls is to be able to pretend the blank is a regular shape even though it's not. I also tried to leave a very clean surface because sanding it on the lathe would be difficult if not impossible, my bowl scraper turned out to do the trick and left a nice smooth inside, I got the outside smooth with my side ground bowl gouge. I found to get a good tool position I ended up using two stepladders on either side of the lathe and actually sitting straddling the lathe - that worked out pretty well. Lots of stopping and starting, I'd make a pass or two and then stop the lathe and check. The natural edge really held onto the shavings so I had to stop and clean them so I could see what I was doing.