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Dave Delo

NE Maple

From the Old Economy Historical District, a twice turned natural edge maple bowl from a blown over maple tree a couple years ago. 7.5" long side, 6.5" short side and 3" to 4.5" high. 5/16" thick. Missed a perfect balanced piece by a little but first NE piece I've done that I've been able to save the entire rim bark so I'm pleased with that aspect.

NE Maple
Dave Delo, May 3, 2017
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    • hockenbery
      Dave the growth rings are in real nice alignment.

      Nice job.

      Why do you turn it twice?
      Curious, I only turn my NE bowls once.
    • Dave Delo

      Guess it's just force of habit or not knowing any better. I haven't done many NE bowls and generally speaking prefer a round finished bowl, so I just usually shape to 10%, apply anchorseal and forget it for a year.

      Other than getting the piece sooner, what benefit is there in once turned? Better chance of keeping the bark? More or less warpage?
    • hockenbery
      For me the advantages of one turning are
      - It is nearly finished when it comes off the lathe.
      - in 2 days it is ready to sand and finish
      - When the grain is balanced it will warp symmetrically.
      - the warp accentuates the oval character of the NE bowl.
      - I love turning green wood

      - I think the chances of keeping the bark are a little better turned once. I do use CA glue if I want to keep the bark.

      - The main advantage of double turning is being able to get a round bowl.
    • Dave Delo
      thanks for the input Al.
    • Bill Boehme
      Nice NE bowl. I haven't turned many NE bowls, but I agree with Al that it is preferable to just turn it once. It will be oval anyway and the warping will be symmetrical if it is balanced. Do you have a profile shot of the bowl?
    • Dave Delo
      I don't have a straight on side shot but here's the closest.
    • Bill Boehme
      Thanks, Dave. That's actually the kind of view that I meant because it shows the kind of view that someone would normally see if viewing it on a table or shelf. The original image looks like a platter.
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