First bowl turning experiences

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Re: First bowl turning experiences

Postby Robin Fawcett » Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:59 pm

roger chorley wrote:it was hard work ... but a lot of fun


...that's how it should be.

Can't really get a sense of scale but it looks quite BIG for a 1st attempt ??
What timber is it ? obviously the tool marks are very OBVIOUS on the outside. Can you control that ? is it accidental ? It looks quite good.

The eccentricity of the width of the wall is harder to overlook - what happened ? did you get a catch and try to reset it ?
Gavin's tool obviously works, just a question of practice.
Well done for posting your first bowl turning.
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Re: First bowl turning experiences

Postby paul atkin » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:40 am

good first effort roger,looking at the finish either the wood was a little too green or the tool needs touching up, i tend to let my wood season for a while depending on the type of wood, , but it is a good effect :D , keep up the good work and keep posting pics.
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Re: First bowl turning experiences

Postby paul atkin » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:38 pm

not exactly my first, but the first one after recovering from knee opps :D made my day, i just need to get fit again
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Re: First bowl turning experiences

Postby roger chorley » Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:12 pm

hi paul and robin, thanks for your messages.your bowl looks really neat paul,my first attempt was with beech,about 7 inch wide.i think i had the wrong angle when using the hook,hence the deep gouge marks.interesting about leaving the wood to season a little,i think the beech was a bit to green.how long do you let the wood season before turning? i've had another attempt and the bowl split a few days after turning.
i did have a problem,robin, with centering the wood,it leapt off the lathe at one point,i forgot to tighten up.i dont think my pole lathe can handle to much bowl turning,so i have started to build one which can.
on a different subject,have just finished building our outside workshop at school,i bought a cheap tarp ,but i dont think it will last to long in windy weather,does anyone know where i can buy a good strong tarp from? size 18feet by 22feet approx.
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Re: First bowl turning experiences

Postby Robin Fawcett » Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:36 pm

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Tel 01452 740278

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Re: First bowl turning experiences

Postby paul atkin » Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:14 pm

roger chorley wrote:.how long do you let the wood season before turning? i've had another attempt and the bowl split a few days after turning.
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good question roger and a hard one to answer, i get all my timber in the longest lengths possibe, it depends on the type of wood and the weather, beech i leave far longer than say sycamore, the last beech i turned into bowls had been left for over a year, sycamore can be turned almost straight away,i left the last lot only a couple of months. drying your bowls slowly helps as well,
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Re: First bowl turning experiences

Postby Rob. N » Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:28 pm

This is a turning point (no pun intended) in bowl turning history! The first bowl to be turned left handed on a left handed pole lathe with left handed tools :mrgreen:.

I went down to Paul Atkins today to have a go at bowl turning and I have to say that it was BRILLIANT!!!

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The bowl itself is a bit of sycamore and when I started it was quite rough due to me having know expireince in using hooks. Paul went through the basics of using/sharpening a straight and bent hook tool. it was difficult at first try to get a clean cut and hold the tools still (especially the bent hook) but once i got into the rhythm of the treadle it came alot easier.

Thank you again Paul for teaching me the basics of using and making the hook tools. Will hopefully have my lathe up and running by the end of April.
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Re: First bowl turning experiences

Postby Ian S » Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:07 pm

Hi Rob

That looks really good - well done! :D
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Re: First bowl turning experiences

Postby paul atkin » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:33 pm

glad you enjoyed it matey :D shot of the day
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Re: First bowl turning experiences

Postby paul atkin » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:49 pm

not bad for a lefty :wink: :D
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Re: First bowl turning experiences

Postby Rob. N » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:59 pm

not bad for a lefty


:wink: we lefties aren't all bad are we........except when we try with our right hand :lol:
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Re: First bowl turning experiences

Postby paul atkin » Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:04 am

The smile says it all matey well done, now get your lathe built and get cracking :D
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