I made some Christmas baubles as a first try, and man is that fun.
Especially when you can just make the chips fly and not worry about what
But I bought some bowl blanks and the whole thing changes now.
My questions are these:
If you look at the end grain of the blank, it runs from top left down to the
bottom center then back up to the top right.
Do you turn a bowl so the grain runs with the bowl or against it?
And is there something to hold the bowl in place other than a plate with
screws in it?
A chuck of some sort. I use a Oneway Talon
<http://www.oneway.on.ca/Oneway/talon.htm , but you can build your
Drop in to rec.crafts.woodturning, I'm just a duffer. The real experts
I turn my bowls such that the grain follows the shape of the bowl.
This gives better strength, but there's really no rule about turning
it another way. There are many ways to hold the bowl, "fasthold" tool
or build your own holder. I have glued or carpet taped the bowl to a
plate. I understand why some say that Turning is like a drug--Very
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