Turning Bowls on A Spring Pole Lathe
Its been about 6 months since I trained with Jarrod Dahl. During that time I really worked at the lessons he taught me. I have been trying to do two types of bowls.
The first bowl is a "simple" curved bowl with a foot. This type of bowl is great for almost every type of blank. The small foot is not overpowering and is a pleasure to hold.
This is the "simple" bowl design. having the curve of the bowl in harmony with the size of the foot is not easy. There is also the shape of the interior that must be addressed too. There are a lot of variables to make a pleasing bowl.
The second bowl is a design that I find pleasing. I like a bowl with a small foot, and a bit of an undercut rim. As I was trying to turn one of these bowls the piece of black birch that I was turning had a bunch of inclusions in the wood. These inclusions looked like bark, they could have been the start of Chaga, but they were deep with in the wood. I turned one with an inclusion left on the surface and when it dried the side buckled and opened up. (We use it for keys now :) ) I knew that I had to get under these inclusions. This forced me to come up with a bowl design that I really love. As much as I thought this was an original unique bowl, I read Robin Woods Book "The Wooden Bowl" I saw the bowl I turned on the cover. The cover bowl according to Robin is a Welsh Bowl (mid evil period) turned from elm.
These bowls are really pushing me. I have had to forge out a few new turning hook tools. Its been an adventure to say the least. I really hope to keep exploring this newly found form.