bowl turning, hope i'm not on old ground

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bowl turning, hope i'm not on old ground

Postby Paul Thornton 2sheds » Tue Nov 27, 2007 3:14 pm

just watched robin woods latest video on youtube

a couple of questions, sorry if they have been asked and answered elsewhere.

- is the blank for bowl turning cut from a seasoned log?
- it appears only one tool is required, the hooked tool, am i correct?

thanks for any help, i absorb this knowledge but find little time to put it to use, too much work, DIY and new baby to keep me from the lathe.

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Postby robin wood » Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:40 pm

Hi 2 sheds, I didn't know the Gower could be wild, way down south I htought it should be all sun and no frost?

Bowl blanks...can be green, can be part dried, depends a bit on what you have. I like to turn sycamore, alder and birch very green, beech I find works best if "mellowed" a bit ie left as a tree with the bark on for 2-6 months depending on size of tree.

Hooks...yes I only use hooks...I have lots of them which makes things a bit faster and means I don't have to stop to sharpen so often but it is possible to make a bowl with one hook. Hope to do an article on hook making for the next gazette.
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Bowl turning tools

Postby Robin Fawcett » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:08 pm

You can also use a bowl gouge for the outside of bowls (Like a spindle gouge with a slightly different profile) and ring tools - see Maurice Pyles shop at
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