Sometimes you have to try something new

Turning with a lathe is an interesting experience and so totally different from doing traditional wood work. Traditional or flat work is about addition. You add pieces and parts until the project is complete. Wood turning is about subtraction. You remove material until the final form appears. It often appears that all we do is “round” since that is the direction wood turning leads you. However, every so often one sees a demonstration that makes you say Wow! I can do that on a lathe.

I was reminded of that feeling earlier this year when I attend a demonstration by Al Stirt. I first met Al in 2009 when he did a workshop and demonstration for the Chesapeake Woodturners in Annapolis, MD. This time it is for the Tri-County Woodturners and the venue is Florida. Why am I telling you this — well part of Al’s demonstration is “turning” a square bowl or vessel. Thus my Wow moment.

Looking through my wood stash I found an 10″ by 10″ by 3″ block of walnut that I brought with me from Maryland 3 years ago – Perfect. Now putting turning tools up against a whirling block of hardwood usually begins by turning the square block into a circle and quieting the whirling “propeller” that is emerging on my lathe.

myWPEditImage ImageThis first image shows the vessel with a disposable oil candle installed. This candle will burn for up to 8 hours and replacements are available. the oil candle nestles snuggly in the bowl surrounded by concentric rings that are also carried into the inside top of the lid.






myWPEditImage ImageHere is the finished vessel with the lid installed. The domed lid is embellished like the bowl itself with concentric grooves and is topped with a turned and carved “handle”. This complete unit is turned from a single block of Amrican Walnut including the carved handle that graces the top of the lid.






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We finish with a closeup of the bottom of the turning. The bottom or underside of the vessel is finished with a “bowl” bottom protruding from the wings and again is enhanced with concentric grooves, my signature mark and the creation date.

This vessel also finished second in a monthly contest for members of the American Association of woodturners and appears in the October issue of their journal. It will soon be on display at teh woodturners exhibit at the Florida Stae Fair in Feburary 2013.

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