Instant gradification

Bowls, platters, table tops, etc. Things mounted on a faceplate or in a chuck that aren't covered elsewhere in the Turniing Forum

Instant gradification

Postby loyd » Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:13 pm

People at the turning bee ask why you let a bowl dry after roughing it out and we explain about how wood moves and waiting until it's done doing that before completing the turning process. It's hard enough to concentrate on explaining that [and to get them to grasp the concept] when you have a student for an hour or so to just get them to understand rubbing the bevel and the implications of that process. The reality is that we concentrate, at the Bees, on getting them to understand the very basics of the process in hopes that they'll progress from there with some knowledge. But there's more to turning than what the short [Bee time] time permits. Here's an example that may explain a few things [btw: I'm not suggesting we change the Bee process with this; just hoping someone interested enough to come to the forum will realize some options]:

This, of course, is just a small natural edge bowl in box elder, but it's turned without the waiting time described above -- turned on one day and sanded to completion 24 hours later. Almost instant gratification. This sort of turning is much in demand from clients of all inclinations. The thing to note is that this bowl isn't shaped in the traditional bowl shape. This is pretty much how most turners will do a natural edge bowl; but one can also do the same with a traditional shape bowl. The tick is to just turn it to completion right from the start, dry it in a paper bag for several days, and then sand it to completion. The sanding step is used for the final "turning" because the bowl will not be round at this point. Making the walls pretty thin is a good idea. Some of these bowls may crack [super glue and diligence while it dries will help this problem] but the finished bowl can be pretty interesting -- shape shifting in different ways as determined by the grain pattern. In fact, I made a walnut bowl like this many years ago and dyed it with red aniline dye to get it to look really dark, and it sold at Foothills Crafts very quick.
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