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Small Maple Bowls Trimmed With Walnut

Once the Nebraska winter kicks in, and my other projects are completed, I like to get out my small lathe and turn a few things.  This time, I had some little things in mind, but much of what I wanted to do was gain some experience and practice.  The little bowls at the top are the result of me not wanting to throw anything of significance away.

Small Soft Maple Bowl With Walnut Band

Small Soft Maple Bowl With Walnut Band

I previously turned two maple bowls with walnut glued to the top.  Before mounting the pieces, I trimmed off the corners so that it would fit my lathe bed, and not require me to cut down those spinning corners with a gouge.  I glued those 8 corner pieces into 4 blocks of wood that I could mount and turn.

I have a cheapish set of tools that I sharpened, and started turning.  Turning the insides of these small bowls with a diameter of 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches proved to be about the limit of my skills.   This little bowl is 2 3/16 in height and the inside depth is 1 13/16 inches.

Small Walnut Bowl

Small Walnut Bowl

Next was this small block of rough Walnut that was too small and ordinary for any good purpose, but it made for a good exercise in turning.  The quarter gives a bit of perspective on the size of the bowl.  The outside Diameter is 3 1/2 inches and 1 7/8 inches tall.  Like many woods, it had a lot of beauty to it once it was turned.

Beautiful Insides of the Bowl

Beautiful Insides of the Bowl

Each of these bowls has been finished with a couple coats of clear paste BRIWAX.

Lastly, I hope to do a little bit more work with hand carving tools.  I have a big solid mallet that I use for cutting mortises by hand and some other jobs, but I wanted something more subtle for smaller, more delicate work.

Purpleheart Carving Mallet

Purpleheart Carving Mallet

I decided to use some Purpleheart given to me for making a mallet.  I have yet to use it, but it sure did turn nicely.  I wanted it to fit my large, wide hand, and give me the option of holding it by the handle or by the head.

Next to a Quarter

Next to a Quarter

Years ago I made another Purpleheart mallet with a rectangular head, and it has held up well after doing quite a bit of pounding.  I will be very happy if this one does as well.  The mallet stands 7 1/4 inches tall and the diameter of the head is 1 7/8 inches.  The wood was left unfinished.

 

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