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First natural edge bowl

This last weekend I took a bowl turning class, but didn't have time to try a natural edge bowl so I took the wood blank home with me. Tonight after work I was in the mood so here is my first attempt at a natural edge bowl. I don't know what kind of wood it is. It was green wood, so I put an oil finish on and now it's bundled in a paper bag for a few months of final drying. It's round now, but will end up being a bit of an oval shape. I'm happy that I didn't lose any of the bark in turning it.
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I love bowls like that. One of these days I will have to take a crack at it.

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Shhhhhhhhhhh! Don't say crack around here! :-)
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Nice. They aren't that hard to turn are they? What's it's size?

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Very good Sprior,
turning green wood is a lot of fun. I can see the ribbons of wood in your pic. Make sure you keep your lathe bed waxed up and don't let the damp shavings stay on there for long.
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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.
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Shhhhhhhhhhh! Don't say crack around here! :-)
SSSorry, I don't speak "turner"

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Sorry to say but I don't think 1/2" wall thickness is enough it should be 10% of your diameter.
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Lilty - I thought the 10% rule was for when you're doing a rough turn followed by drying and a finish turn. This bowl was turned green, oiled, and left to dry in brown paper and expected to change shape a bit, I just don't want it to crack. Does the 10% apply to this situation?
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It probably won't crack if you got the all the pith out of it but you might not have enough stock due to warpage to finish when it is dry. ( It will warp )
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OK thanks. As I mentioned I'm not planning to do a finish turn on this when it's dry, I'm planning to leave it as is and accept any warpage - I'd think that with the natural edge some warpage would be in the style of the bowl.
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That's really cool. You've done a fantastic job on it. I would be interested to see what the final warped bowl looks like. I wish you good luck on the cracking and I hope that it doesn't. I turned one when it was wet once and it split from top to bottom but after accepting the split, I decided that I liked it that way.
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It looks great! You really kept the edge nice. I haven't turned a green one and let it warp yet. I'm also curious to see how it will look. Keep it up.

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Nice job!

The wood looks a lot like Honey Locust. Did it have a noticable, but not too bad oder while turning? Also I live in south coastal Georgia and I will double bag in winter and triple bag in summer. You could also turn thinner just make sure it is consistant from top to bottom.
Great job! good luck on future turnings.
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I use the 10% rule and it works for me I dont get to much warpage but I also turned realy thin and put it strait in a bucket of Watco Natural Oil and it didnt crack on me so I find experiment and see what works best for you
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Nice Job! I enjoy those natural edge bowls. I can see that it is still wet. You can see the water coming out.

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