At the Lathe: Turn Your First Bowl

Taking the time to learn a few basic cuts and moves will help you succeed.
By Judy Ditmer
Pages: 77-79

From the June 2005 issue #148
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Bowl turning was my first love in woodturning. There is something special about a bowl: The wonderful way the shape shows off different aspects of the wood, the roundness and the ability to contain and present nourishment. I still find it magical to do something that is so different from any other woodworking job (including most turning projects). And I am not alone in this; I have observed that many, if not most, new turners are especially drawn to bowl work.

As with all lathe work, it takes time and practice to develop skill at bowl turning. But the basic process is relatively simple and there are only a few basic cuts. If you focus on learning to make those cuts well, the rest will come.

From the June 2005 issue #148
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