Bowl Turning with the 40/40 and Bottom Bowl Gouge Grinds
The bowl gouge with its 40-degree bevel and 40 degree straight wings is capable of large volume cuts directly to finish without any torn grain. In this demonstration, I’ll be showing how to create both the 40/40 bowl gouge and the bottom bowl gouge grinds freehand on a platform. I will show how both gouges are controlled to form the desired shape with little physical effort and repeatability.
Square/Winged Bowls with Negative Rake Scraping
I will be making a different style square/winged bowl in each of the two demonstrations. Both demonstrations will include the use of the 40/40 bowl gouge grind and negative rake scraping for the final finish on the wings.
The first demonstration will be an off square/winged bowl and I’ll be showing how to minimize the off center and balance problem.
The second demonstration will be what I call a volcano style winged bowl that sits on its corners and has a deep undercut bowl in the center with curved wings. This demonstration will also include the use of my vortex tool to show how to cut into the very narrow ‘V’ between the wings and bowl on the underside of the piece.
Perfecting the Art of Cutting
In this demonstration, I’ll be covering the 7 Fundamentals Setups to eliminate most of the variables in woodturning. I’ll will be demonstrating and explaining how I cut the wood to avoid any torn grain on any species of wood, using a maximum of two pounds of pressure. I’ll also be explaining that knowing grain direct is essential to good cutting and that the techniques for spindle and bowl turning are vertically identical.
Cut-Rim bowl starting with a half log and using only my Signature gouge. Shows grain orientation, mounting procedures, exterior/interior roughing, slicing and shear-scraping cuts, jam chucks.
Natural-edge bowl starting with a half log and using only my Signature gouge. Shows grain orientation, mounting procedures, exterior/interior roughing, slicing and shear-scraping cuts, jam chucks.
Hollow form starting with a whole log. Shows grain orientation,, mounting procedures, exterior roughing, slicing and shear-scraping using the Ellsworth Signature gouge; interior cuts using my home-made hollowing tools and jam chucks.
Drunken Box ( sphericon)
I will show how to turn a Sphericon shape as a box. I also show how to make a chuck to hold this piece on a very thin rim.
Standing oval box
I will show how to turn this unusual shape without an oval chuck, how to make
the cup chuck to hold it.
Box with Pierced Lid
In this demo I will explain how to make the out of center chuck. On this chuck
I will turn a lid for a box that is pierced and turn the bottom part.
This demonstration is focused on making necklace pendants. The underlying techniques are about dealing with small pieces of material on the lathe. So even if you are not particularly interested in necklace pendants, you may get some ideas about holding and turning small pieces of wood. I have seen necklace pendants that are contoured only on one side and sanded flat on the other side. My necklace pendants are contoured and finished on both sides so that they can be worn either way around.
Quick Easy & Cheap Christmas Ornaments
When considering the time involved with making an item you must take into consideration the time that it takes to prepare your stock for mounting on the lathe. Keeping with the “Quick, Easy and Cheap” format, it would be hard to find something quicker, easier or cheaper that using 2×4 cutoffs. A couple of passes through the table saw and trip to the chop saw and you have the prep work done.
Lost Wood Turning
The “lost wood” turning technique has been used by many woodturners including Michael Hosaluk, Lowell Converse and Art Liestman. To use this technique, you turn an object, remove part of the object (the “lost wood”) and then reconnect the remaining parts to complete the project. You can use this technique on both end grain and cross grain projects. Another way to add interest to your projects.
Weaving on Wood
Weaving is an additional tool you can use to add interest to a turned piece. In this demo, I explain how to make and use an index wheel to layout and drill the holes in the turned piece for the weaving. Then, I explain several weaving alternatives and demonstrate a basic twining weave. In this demo, I demonstrate the index wheel and the weaving, but there is no actual turning.
Twisted Hollow Form
The twisted hollow form involves shaping the form, hollowing it, laying out the spiral bines (long ‘i’), removing the waste wood and smoothing the bines.