With the clear blue sky and the midday temperature at 20degC it’s easy to forget that only 3 weeks ago it was snowing briefly, and it’s not too late for some more with the topsy turvy weather we can have nowadays. Sod’s law that was the day that I’d arranged for Eva to come round and turn her bowl.
I saw ‘her’ bowl because there has never really been any doubt about it, not in Eva’s mind at least. Minor issues such as never having turned wood before didn’t really figure and nor did the weather. My patronising ‘wouldn’t you rather start by turning a dibber’ was quite rightly brushed off with the chant ‘I want to turn a bowl’. And she did – well done Eva!
The more I thought about it the more I realised I was equally interested to see how well Eva got on with turning a bowl on a polelathe without the distraction of turning any spindles first. There is a lot to learn but by keeping to a small bowl diameter and shallow dish profile the inertia of the wood on the lathe is minimised and so is the amount of wood to be removed. Despite the near freezing temperatures and short snow shower the result turned out well and the exercise turned out useful for keeping warm as well.
While Eva was turning the bowl Gary and I made spoons. Gary is used to precision engineering tools so wielding a knife freehand was an entirely new experience. Gary’s precision engineering is going to come in handy because I can’t see Eva being satisfied with just one bowl and I don’t think it won’t be long before she has her own lathe.
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The final show of the season for me is the Annual Cider Pressing weekend at the New Forest Cider Farm, Burley which is on this weekend. Link to more information is on the side bar of the site at the moment or visit the new forest cider blog.
If you are near to the New Forest it is worth a visit. A great little show with proceeds to charity and a last chance for nostrils full of fermenting cider apples, wood smoke, coke and steam. As I don’t need to make stock now I am planning to relax, enjoy the event and turn a few bowls I’ve been thinking about.
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Somehow working on the polelathe is never the most urgent thing to do so I am quite pleased I’ve managed to spend some time making bowls with my new bowlhooks. I am going to suffer for it as the urgent things haven’t gone away and now I have less time to do them.
But I don’t regret working on the bowls as the finish is gradually improving and finally I’ve managed to make a few bowls which I am prepared to sell.
A mixture of bowls with Wild Cherry or Gean (and yes it has cracked slightly), sycamore along the back, black walnut (unusual for me to turn a non-native wood) and spalted birch.
Turning the spalted birch was surprisingly hard and it almost did me in, but the effect was worth the effort I think.
I tried taking some pictures of the bowls under artifical lights but it didn’t work particularly well. As it happened the late afternoon sunlight hit them and did a much better job for me.
Back to the real world with a thump now as it’s the Surrey County Show today and I’ve been booked to appear on the Merrist Wood college stand and an early start at 6am to get there and get setup.
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