Monday, November 23, 2015

The Fun Begins

While we were in Colorado during the summer, we gathered several pieces of dead Aspen so I could turn bowls out of it. Now that my lathe is set up, I needed to start working on the project. I have been waiting for the man who taught me turning last year to return for the winter. Finally, I resorted to the internet to find information on how to select what part of a lot works best and which way to have the grain going.

This morning, John cut a piece off one of the logs and I set it up to start turning a bowl. It was spinning on the lathe

and then it was spinning off the lathe! Not what I intended.

One piece ended up on the floor across the room.

Only a small piece was left on the lathe. Obviously, the wood was rotten and two weak to work on.

So we choose another log of Aspen. Here I am holding the log for John to cut with our hand saw.

This log was better wood. So I began making a real mess in the shop.

And a mess on me.

The good news is, the wood stayed on the lathe and I was able to shape it.

It's not done. I hope to use the part I cut off the top to make a lid and I will have a box. I will have a lot of sanding to do by hand because I didn't want to keep working down the inside until I cut through the bottom, something I did last year. I'll show you the completed project in the next week or two, if it works out. Right now, it's looking pretty good.


  1. Whoa! John must be really quick with the camera to get a picture of the 'wanna be' bowl flying off.

    1. He is really quick with the camera. But we didn't know he had captured that image untill we looked at the pictures.

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  3. I am glad that piece did not fly off and hit someone!!!