I had a bit of time in the shed this week so I thought I’d try my hand at a couple of bowls. A nice learning experience and a bit of a change from pens. – First bowl is Blackwood (110 x 20 mm). I had a bit of cranky grain on the inside so I tried a Decorating Elf and added a bit of texture. – The second bowl is a piece of Red Gum sleeper (150 x 45 mm) that I got off a friend. Both bowls are finished with Ubeaut Aussie Oil.
I’ll have to try and spend a bit more time on bowls so I can upgrade my skills a bit.
I finished off this bowl a couple of weeks ago and I finally got around to showing it here. It’s made with a hunk of Blackwood that I had picked up somewhere. It’s about 200 mm Dia and 50 mm High. It’s finished with several coats of Ubeaut Aussie Oil. Still need to put a couple more coats of oil on it yet.
Well it’s been a while since I posted anything. I’ve been a bit busy doing things around the house and grabbing shed time when I could.
This is a Yellowbox Bowl that I completed in January but haven’t had a chance to post yet. The walls are a bit thick but the wood blank had so many cracks in it that I wasn’t sure it would hold together at all. A liberal application of super glue to the cracks, as they appeared, and several attempts at turning it come up with a shape I was finally happy with. It was finally finished with a “Wipe on Poly” to give it a semi-gloss finish.
The big cracks in the bottom could have been filled in with something to make it look a bit better. Maybe next time. I still have another block of this left ( although it’s cracked a bit worse) so I’ll see how it come up later this year.
Might have to put this up for sale at the next market to see if I can get anything for it.
Had an amazing time at the Gold Coast last week attending Turnfest. It really is an eye opener to see what people are capable of doing with a few bits of wood and a lathe. It has inspired me to try a few more things this year, and to push myself into learning more about wood turning.
Next year is the 15th Turnfest and there are some amazing turners coming from around the world to show there skills and pass their knowledge onto other turners. I’m already booked and counting down the days.
Now I just have to find a bit more time to get into the shed more and start turning wood into sawdust.
Had a friend drop off a couple of pieces of Yellow Box the other day (thanks Sam). Nice looking wood but unfortunately it’s not for me. He wants me to make him up a couple of bowls from it.
Just waiting a little while for it to acclimatise to the local environment a bit and then I’ll see what I can do. There’s a bit of splitting on the ends so I’m hoping it doesn’t go in too far and I can get a decent sized blank out of them for the bowls. Keep watching for an update