Keeping in touch January 7, 2021

January 7, 2021

Jay Scott sent us a story and some pictures of a recent natural edge bowl.


My wife’s 40th birthday was coming up. Besides not having a lot of great ideas, unnecessary outings not being terribly wise choices for me right now, and it falling right after Christmas, I thought I would fall back on making something. She had always said that she admires live edge bowls, ideally with the bark still on. All I had in my stash were two logs of elm and two mystery logs that would not be suitable for a bowl.
So, for the first time ever, I chiseled a flat spot, drilled the hole, twisted in a worm screw and put that propeller-thing on my lathe. I told myself I’ve watched enough of Phil Anderson’s videos on YouTube that I should at least have an idea of what I should be doing.
Unfortunately, the bark did not stay on. Being Elm it slid off like a tube, even before I got the worm screw in. However, I understood the principles, kept sharp tools and the turn went just fine. Now, the 8 hours of hand sanding and the tedious work of trying to get that nice finish without the benefit of a spinning lathe, is where I did spend a lot of time. But, each hour is one hour closer to figuring out the process and getting more efficient at it. I’ve got a rotisserie motor adaptation in the works for my lathe so that I can spin it at about 10 RPM. Then spray lacquer will be an option for me and I won’t have to endure finishing work on irregular shaped projects like this. For this thirsty end grain dense piece, I used three coats of sanding sealer then about eight coats of Wipe on Poly. It is about 200mm wide x 120mm tall.
Bottom line, everything went well and my wife appreciated her gift and the effort I put into it. And, I think I may have developed a taste for working with more raw wood and maybe fewer perfectly prepared blanks.
Jay.

Previous Blog Posts

Keeping in touch January 11, 2021

Keeping in touch January 11, 2021

Jim Beebe sent in some pictures of his recent work. The first one is a Maple burl with a wipe on poly finish.   The...

Keeping in touch, January 8, 2021

Keeping in touch, January 8, 2021

There is lots to look at today. Lawrence Pinter has been working on a new shop and has finished a few projects to show...

Keeping in touch January 6, 2021

Keeping in touch January 6, 2021

You will have to pay attention this morning as there are three separate submissions.- Mike Hosaluk made a number of...

Keeping in touch January 3, 2021

Keeping in touch January 3, 2021

It looks some of our members stayed at home without trips to exotic places and worked in the workshop. Rick Hounjet...