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.
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
Went to Aldi’s the other day and bought one of there glass display cases. Lennie was getting upset about the amount of wood things I had lying around so we decided to get somewhere I could show them off.
It went together fairly easily and at least it keeps my bits and pieces together and out of the way. I look forward to slowly filling it up with some of the things I make.
Well I had a bit of time late last week so I thought I’d give a couple more bowls a go. Tried a few different styles and wood types.
They didn’t turn out too bad. Had a couple of catches with the chisels as I was going, but managed to survive the experience. I’m happy with the shapes I made but I still need to work on my finishing. Needed a bit of sanding and it’s still a bit rough in some places. I’m sure more practice will see me improve. Will have to join the local wood guild and see if I can get someone to give me a few pointers. Just need to find a few more wood blanks so that I can keep on practicing.