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Show us your bowls

Postby SeanHellman » Sat May 14, 2011 4:33 pm

I thought it would be nice to share pictures of the bowls and turned wood containers we have made on the bowl lathe.
I have not turned many wooden bowls and I am still learning to get the hang of achieving the form I want. I am also particularly interested in wooden containers of all kinds.
Here goes with a couple of egg cups I recently did.
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Re: show us your bowls

Postby Terence » Mon May 16, 2011 12:27 am

Here are some from the last time I was at the lathe in Ireland. Cant wait to get home again to do some more after exams, there is lots of big sycamore waiting for me.

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And from a longer while back - I want to make new hooks for turning the end grain...

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Re: show us your bowls

Postby Terence » Mon May 16, 2011 12:29 am

Nice egg cups by the way Sean. I've been meaning to try make some for ages, since the last one disappeared from our flat in fact!
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Re: show us your bowls

Postby SeanHellman » Mon May 16, 2011 8:56 pm

Terence, that top bowl is beautiful. I love the rings on the outside, combined with the foot it looks very influenced by a ceramic bowl. I wish I had more bowl turning time available. Dan turned his first bowl this weekend at a show we were demonstrating at. So Dan if you are reading this post a picture.
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Re: show us your bowls

Postby Sharif Adams » Sun May 22, 2011 2:43 pm

Lovely egg cups Sean. I'd love to try making one of those; do you use bowl turning hooks for them? I've only just started making bowls and not tried anything else so far.
And Terence; I love your bowls. The decoration around the rim of that bowl is really nice. Maybe it's time I started experimenting...

Meanwhile, here's some recent bowls made this spring. I love using cherry, even though some of the bowls crack because they warp so much. It's the wavy rims that I love so much though, so I just accept that they won't all make it. There's something about the warping/movement that adds a sort of magic to the whole process for me. It's as if I just start things off by turning a bowl and then mother nature takes over and adds all the charm and character. I really like checking on them as they dry and seeing how they are moving and changing shape. Maybe I should get out more?
Here are some of the survivors..

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Re: show us your bowls

Postby chainsawkid » Sun May 22, 2011 7:47 pm

I'm loving this thread already, and it's gonna be interesting to see the variation throughout the forum.

When I first started, my inspiration came directly from the vast collection at the Mary Rose Museum, so that's what I've been cutting my apprentice teeth on. But I love the shape in the hand and love to use them, they are great with a pint of local ale in! :D

Anyway, here are some of mine the first pic was just a random pile I was oiling.

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And this is our roasties bowl of about 12" again of alder:

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I'll post some pics of newer turnings soon as i'm still practising on things like plates. I might even put a picture of my very first two or three bowls, as I keep them as a reminder of what I started from.

All the best for now,

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Re: show us your bowls

Postby grinagog » Mon May 23, 2011 12:01 pm

Hi ya'll

I thought a must join in here too.

But first of all wanted to say how inspired I was after my first venture to the bodgers ball! Thank you to the organisers!

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And a big thanks to James(chainsawkid) for giving me some Alder to play with!
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and ladle's!
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the machine
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spalted
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my workshop!
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I think i just finnished my favorite bowl, but I dont have a picture of it yet...so maybe another time!

Its great to be inspired and see so many lovely works!

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Re: Show us your bowls

Postby Steve Byrne » Tue May 31, 2011 10:13 pm

Here's a bunch of bowls turned from spalted beech that I've had sitting around for ages. Managed to get nests of 2 from the biggger bits -
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Re: show us your bowls

Postby RichardLaw » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:17 am

grinagog wrote:
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cheers!

Hah ah! So you live in a converted Land Rover, eh?
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Re: show us your bowls

Postby grinagog » Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:57 am

RichardLaw wrote:
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cheers!

Hah ah! So you live in a converted Land Rover, eh?



hahaa, yes....nicely spoted! :D
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Re: Show us your bowls

Postby SeanHellman » Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:09 pm

I thought it would be difficult, but it work out well. Made from a seasoned hornbeam chopping block for a chap who is moving to Spain
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I left the log outside for a couple of months to get wet again. Not quite to my taste as I prefer more subtle splating.
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Re: Show us your bowls

Postby steve tomlin » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:03 pm

Lidded bowl in beech, diam 115mm
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Re: Show us your bowls

Postby SeanHellman » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:59 pm

Nice bowl Steve, I have often admired your lidded bowls. I have only made 1 so far, and that took too long as the domed lid came out of a knotty bit of beech.
Where, out of the tree do you take the wood for the lid from? or are you not too fussed about it?
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Re: Show us your bowls

Postby RichardLaw » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:44 pm

Hey Sean!

You wanna be careful with that log on your shoulder. Is that a beach, and is that the sea? Have I spent half an hour today teaching my work-experience Theo how to sharpen his Christmas Mora knife after he's been carving driftwood with it? So many questions, so little time for the answers.
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Re: Show us your bowls

Postby steve tomlin » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:22 pm

SeanHellman wrote:Where, out of the tree do you take the wood for the lid from?

Hi Sean,
The lid and bowl were both split radially from the same large piece of clean beech. I wanted it all to be as stable as possible so they'd fit together well and the grain of the two pieces match.
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