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Some recent turnings

I have had my lathe for about three weeks now and have used it pretty much every day since then, even if only for a little while. I completed the polka dot bowl with only a few minor flaws and made a few bottle toppers. Most of the bottle toppers were made out of a scrap 2x4 strictly for practice. The ones that I plan on finishing need to go back on the lathe for some finishing, waiting on the micro mesh system from peachtree.

I have a question for some of the more experienced turners on the band saw bowl that I did. I would turn the layers as I added them and didn't have any problems until I got to the last ring. The outside turned fine because I used the tailstock and a round blank to help hold it. I got a fair amount of chatter turning the inside of the bowl when I got to the last ring. I used a sharp round nose scraper and later used a skew. The skew seemed to take a lot of the chatter marks out. I am turning this on a glued blank and a face plate. Would a chuck hold this better? tighter? and help prevent the chatter? Or is it just a matter of the part being out that far and I need to adjust methods, tools and technique?
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Way to jump right in with some simple bowls I wouldn't recommend using a skew on the interior of a bowl, way too much potential for a nasty catch. Get yourself a GOOD bowl gouge...you won't regret it.

And same advice I give to every new turner: Take a class or find a club that has some experienced turners that can help/mentor you. The lathe doesn't seem that dangerous because the blades aren't moving, but people have died from wood flying apart or tools breaking. Be careful!

But keep having fun too.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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It is my intent to get signed up for a class. The problem is it will be an hour drive. I am basically working 12 hour days during the week and every Saturday so I am having a hard time getting something scheduled. I keep checking Woodcrafts class schedule and I will be in one soon.
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Very nice job on those.

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Nice work. Do you have a better shot of the outside of the last bowl? Love to see it.
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Excellent work, and REALLY impressive for a beginner.

You can never have too much pepperoni on your pizza or own too many clamps.
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Here are some pics of the outside of the bowl. They are not as clear as I would like them to be but they show it decent enough I think.
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