> Mike Dewsbury- Creative & Artistic Woodturning

A Bowl is Born

I have been asked a number of times how the natural edged bowls are made....
here's how its done...


Here is the raw material -a piece of elm burr- the cut surfaces have been sealed and the burr allowed to dry for at least 12 months.



The burr needs to be cut to orientate the natural edge




So having decided where the top will be, the bottom is sawn to provide a firm base using the bandsaw-



Next a hole is drilled approximatly in the centre to accept the pin chuck




and the burr can be mounted on the lathe




....the tailstock provides additional support and the bottom of the bowl can be shaped.








A recess is cut so that the bowl can be mounted on a dovetail chuck....




The bottom is shaped and a foot cut...


Following a fine finishing cut the bottom is sanded using progressivly finer grades of abrasive paper starting at 180 grit through to 400grit


followed by 0000grade wire wool ....


...and finally burnished with a handful of shavings


A coat of finishing oil is applied and allowed to dry before polishing.


The base is now finished.


The bowl is now remounted on a dovetale chuck so that the top can be worked


First the original recess is cleaned up to allow the tailstock to support the bowl as...


... the centre is removed using a Sorby 'Slicer'








With the centre removed the inside of the bowl can be shaped....


After a fine finishing cut the bowl....


is sanded with 180-240 and 400 grit abrasive paper....


...followed by 0000grade wire wool.


The loose bark is removed...


...and after application of finishing oil a final polish...





..the bowl is finished.





The centre of the bowl removed earlier can now be remounted on the pin chuck...





...and shaped to form the top of a toadstool




A clean up with fine abrasive paper...


...and after a final polish...


...the bark can be removed...





...and a final application of oil to seal the bottom.


The stalk is made from a suitable piece of contrasting wood....



...shaped,




... and a spigot cut in the end to fit the recess in the toadstool top..



After polishing the two pieces..



...are glued together




So.... from this...




...to this.....















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