Sunday, March 17, 2013

Holly's Bowl-Can this bowl be saved, part 2

Hi Everyone,

Well, here's what's happened: I went out to the work shop last night and decided to take the bowl off the lathe and bring it indoors so I could study it a bit and over night it began cracking again. And not only did it crack, it has also distorted. Here are some photos:

This is a side view of the bowl. I decided last night to create a double rim on it and you can clearly see this in the photo:

The next three photos show extensive cracking, both inside of the bowl and on the outside:

This photo also shows some gouge marks on the side as well as cracking:

What to do: the bowl has several problems: cracking, distortion, and the surface needs a lot of smoothing. I think the thing to do at this point is to take it off the lathe and set it aside for a few weeks and see if the cracking and distortion lessen. The roughness on the surface will need quite a bit of sanding down but that's not difficult to accomplish. So down it goes into the wood pile for a brief vacation from turning:

Our next project is to make several fruit platters for several exceptional young women. I'll tell you their story and we'll discuss making the platters later this week.

Happy St. Patrick's Day and have a good rest of the weekend.


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