Bowls are a favorite of woodturners. Simple bowls can be produce by the beginner, art-worthy intricate bowls can be produce my experienced turners using advance techniques and woods. To get the most out of your turnings you need to not only understand your tools and technique, but the various woods and finishes you have available to you.
Woodturning a Hollow Form, a Worthwhile Project
A Hollowing tools may have straight shafts or curved shafts. I've always used both types when woodturning, fitting the tool to the need. Also note most hollowing tools, except perhaps for smaller ones, have longer handles, a forearm brace design, or even a special steel tool rest that keeps the tool from jumping around to help counter the forces generated during hollowing. If you have a 3/8" to ½" steel bar inserted into a 1" to 2" hole in the top of a hollow form, you have no room for error. You have to keep the tool absolutely steady during blind turning, otherwise it will knock into the edge of the opening cracking or shattering the woodturning.
You’re going to get a kick out of these turnings. Some are inside out or exceptionally intricate. Others look like regular old bowls. But all of them use a special and unusual wood that echoes the beauty of the forest from which they came. Of course, let me not fail to mention these were turned using recycled car parts and broken machetes – the finest tools found in the Peruvian Amazon. To continue on with Wood Turning in the Backwoods, Jim King sent along a variety of pictures to share with you. Each one using an unusual wood that you’re sure to find stunning. And the turning concepts and designs aren’t all that typical, either.
You know how fascinating and rewarding bowl turning is, but turning a solid block of wood into a bowl wastes a lot of stock. Lamination is a simple technique that makes the best use of stock and permits you to easily turn deeper bowls. Simply put, lamination is the gluing and stacking of woods. Either way, laminating offers a whole new facet to bowl turning. To get started, here's a simple step-by-step procedure for an 8-in. bowl. For safety's sake, read the instructions, turn the machine off before making any adjustments, and wear a dust mask and eye protection.
Here's a really basic series of photos of the process when using a non-captured-ring tool. That means I'm not using a tool specifically designed for this. I much prefer making my captured rings using parting tools or skews and this is how I do it. The ring is all one piece with no splits and joins. Often, however, that is done when making 2 or more rings and then splitting all but one of them to join them all together later so that they are captured within each other. There's another way of doing this that doesn't involve splitting them at all but that's for another article. I left the ring big and fat so that it would be clearer to see in the pictures. I also didn't do anything to the surrounding areas. I just left them blank instead of making, for instance, a goblet out of the rest surrounding the captured ring.
My husband began his woodworking hobby early in our marriage. He was working in a high stress environment and this was a great outlet for him. It allowed him to be creative and work on something that was not job related. He liked wood. When he first began, it was simple and square. I mean everything was square. He did not have the woodworking tools to do much more than square pieces of furniture, a dresser for our new born daughter, a cradle and bookshelves. His first big purchase was a table saw, and then a miter box, a router and other woodworking tools to enable him to create new projects.
You can create a simple and affordable eye catching frame for your artwork out of a great old wooden ladder. Simply turning the ladder on its side will allow you to display quite a lot of art in a row for so little money. This simple home decor craft project is an affordable way to introduce color, the vintage look, and even some architectural interest without costing a fortune. We all know how much it costs to frame art work and photographs. It makes me cringe every time I check out new frames at my local arts and craft shop. They are just too pricey and I cannot always find what I want.
Turning a Segmented Bowl
I have attempted to show the photographic sequence of bowl construction steps with descriptions. There are many different techniques for constructing and turning a segmented bowl. This page shows the way I decided to make this bowl, but I might make the next one totally differently. This is the newly completed segmented bowl. It was made from maple and purple-heart with holly and black-wood veneer details. It was constructed from 12-sided frame-mitered rings, except for the base, which was a solid disk.
Segmenting--Making a bowl from a flat board
I began doing segmented work several years ago using information found in the Fine Wood Working on Faceplate Turning book. There are several articles on the subject in various levels of difficulty in this book. Some of my first pieces were pretty sad and several of them flew apart when turning. Gradually, I worked out a way to make them work. I never did get into the fancy, decorative vessels that a number of people are making these days. My bowls were simply functional and made from a flat board. Several were made from mahogany, I had a supply of 1" x 2" left over from some other project and it was good practice. I also made several from pine.
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