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post #1 of 4 Old 03-16-2011, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Richard Raffan says grain or figure in wood not as important as form. Bob Stockdale said just the opposite while good form important so is figure in wood and grain orientation. Ellsworth says keep your options open.

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Grain, is what my eye see's, I always pick my stock utullizing the grain.
Any stiles/railes, should always be cut from the same board.

When it becomes finishing time, the effort will be evident.

OH, wait a minute ............Yep!.............That's what he said!

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Raffen says form is most important because in the long run it all turns to barn wood. I think form is most important because a lot of woods that I turn don't have good looking grain. If it does have good grain (actually figure) then it is very important to use that to your advantage, along with good form.
Last but not least. I agree 100% with Ellsworth. Keep your options open and let the piece just flow.
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I admire each man for different reasons. Raffan is the most prolific writer of the three. As far as I know, Bob Stockdale never wrote a book.

If you read Raffan’s Turned-Bowl Design and some of his other books and articles will see in addition to form he does consider and teach grain orientation after cutting a log and planning future bowls.

Many folks might not know much about Bob Stockdale, Jerry Glaser made and sold a Stockdale gouge admired by turners around the world. Glaser sold his company several years back, not sure can buy Glaser/Hiltec tools anymore.

While certainly agree with a lot of what Raffan says about form. If you want to make pretty bowls listen to what woodturners like Richard, Bob, David, and others have to say about figure and grain orientation. If your bowl turns black in next 100 years do you really care?
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