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    First Bowl

    Hi All: After doing some pens and a few wine bottle stoppers, I thought I'd take a shot at bowlturning. I bought Bill Grumbine's DVD and was immediately inspired. A woodturning friend gave me a few maple burl blanks, about 6.5 x 2.5 inches. This one may not have been a good choice to practice with, given the bark running thru it, but, hey, you have to start somewhere! I have a Jet mini. This was finished with Tung Oil since it's what I had on hand. Comments/ suggestions welcomed. Thanks, Ed.
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    FOR A FIRST bowl the work is VERY good .

    The wood is fantastic. The burl and the Bark make it easy on the eyes................EYE CANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bruce

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    I like the form and the curly grain -- the walls may be a little thick but great first bowl Mine went in the fireplace!
    Jerry

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    Beautiful bowl Ed!
    Dick

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    Nice Bowl Ed!
    just keep at it your doing fine
    Jim
    Have Chainsaw- Will Travel

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    It looks great Ed....did you use a faceplate or did you buy an upgraded chuck?....I have the Jet mini and the Grumbine dvd as well but I have been putting off turning a bowl...I think you just motivated me a bit

    Keep 'em comming

    Greg

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    hi ed,that is very good for a first attempt,keep up the good work..
    regards alan.......

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    Thank you all for the kind words. Greg: I used the faceplate and live center to shape the bowl bottom and make a tenon and then reverse chucked into a Oneway Talon (nice chuck) to hollow the inside. Bought a 1/2" bowl gouge and round nose scraper. If you just follow Bill's video you should be in the ballpark. I made a compression chuck to finish the bottom, again in the DVD. BTW, I'm so impressed with Bill as a teacher that I'm going to spend a day with him, one on one, this May. Hope I don't develop too many bad habits between now and then!
    Ed

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    Great start, beautiful wood choice...some people like thick wall bowls. You will probably keep this one forever because it is a keeper. You made a smart move on taking lessons from Mr. Grumbine, he was the first person I ever saw turn a bowl.
    Glenn Hodges
    Nashville, Georgia

    "Would you believe the only time I ever make mistakes is when someone is watching?"

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