So I have made about 37 bowls out of a storm damage cherry from a few years ago, the rough turned blanks have dried and been used but I had a few left so I finished one today. I like a bead at the top so it can be used as a harvest basket by tying a string in a loop to catch the bead then another for a bucket handle. I'll be sending this one somewhere for x-mas
Nice work! I do no turning at present but with Christmas comes presents in the form of tools. Until I can establish a workshop of some kind I'll be concentrating on spoons and other non-turned items. When I do get around to turning it'll probably be on a pole lathe... Do you turn green wood at all?
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
I have, But I tend to enjoy spindle work a lot more than cross grain turning. I also have a sawmill so green spindle stock is easy to come by. But recently I have been trying to get all my turning Done out of storm felled trees, reclaimed lumber and such. I started by making really fancy Bodhran drum sticks, and was getting about $40 each for 9" sticks with antler and brass mountings, I am also a student of bagpipe making which is a lathe based deal as you can imagine.
This year I had a 36" honeylocust fall, along with a 20" shagbark hickory, so I have about a thousand running feet of 2 1/8" square blanks 12' long
Did you or will you build your spring pole lathe? Are you doing a ceiling mounted pole, undermounted pole, or actual sapling still rooted?
This is a southern magnolia bowl I did green in 2008, it's 3/16" thick. It was fun to challenge myself on the thinness but I enjoy making thick bowls that are more utilitarian than just for looking at....I will see if I can get a picture of my big maple bowl soon too, it won't sell because no one has a table big enough.....I did a bed for an xmas present last year, my best friend is an Amish carpenter, he did the flat work I did the posts free hand from our own design.
I've been making hay rakes for a while and they do really good in the garden as a bed prep rake too, but if you have a raised bed or hugel they can be too long....so I just turned this little hand rake!
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