Turning Bowls - Fine Woodworking How-To

Turning Bowls

Turning is the art of shaping wood while it is revolving, consequently to produce curved surfaces that may be anything from simple cylinders to more complex wreathed or spiral shapes.As such, for a very long time the art and trade of the turner was considered
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  • Turn a BowlTurn a Bowl

    by Mike Mahoney

    A green-wood bowl is fun to turn and—except for the lathe—doesn’t require a big investment in tools. Mike Mahoney has turned a lot of bowls in his career and he ...

  • Making a SplashMaking a Splash

    by Jonathan Binzen

    No lathe is used for the creation of these droplet bowls. See how Danny Kamerath does it....

  • SplashSplash

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Danny Kamerath crafts droplet bowls in a range of sizes and shapes....

  • Food-Safe FinishesFood-Safe Finishes

    by Jonathan Binzen

    A summary of non-toxic finishing products ideal for cutting boards, salad bowls, and other food-centric woodwork

  • Turn a Green Wood Bowl: Cutting BlanksVideo: Turn a Green Wood Bowl: Cutting Blanks

    with Howard Lewin

    Part 1 of 4: Learn the best practices for cutting turning blanks from a fresh log

  • Turn a Green Wood Bowl: Finishing a BowlVideo: Turn a Green Wood Bowl: Finishing a Bowl

    with Howard Lewin

    Part 4 of 4: Use a jam chuck to turn a foot and part the finished bowl from the lathe

  • Turn a Green Wood Bowl: Hollowing the InsideVideo: Turn a Green Wood Bowl: Hollowing the Inside

    with Howard Lewin

    Part 3 of 4: Learn to cut with the grain and achieve a consistent wall thickness when turning a greenwood bowl

  • Turn a Green Wood Bowl: Shaping the ProfileVideo: Turn a Green Wood Bowl: Shaping the Profile

    with Howard Lewin

    Part 2 of 4: Follow these steps to preserve a natural edge and achieve smooth cuts with a bowl gouge

  • Bowl-Turning BasicsBowl-Turning Basics

    by Richard Raffan

    The beauty of a well-balanced bowl lies in subtle details, writes Richard Raffan. He explains here how to make a bowl on the lathe in an hour or two. Among the ...

  • Which Finishes Are Food Safe?Which Finishes Are Food Safe?

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Experts disagree about the best food-safe finishes. Finishes can be divided into two categories: film-forming finishes and penetrating finishes. For a cutting or ...

  • Bowl TurningBowl Turning

    by Peter Child

    Peter Child jumps right into sharing tips on how to turn bowls, such as completing the turning of the outside of the bowl before removing any wood from the inside, ...

  • Exotic WoodsExotic Woods

    by Bob Stocksdale

    The author of this article keeps 20 tons of wood on hand from which to select for his projects. That is no typo. Bob Stocksdale, veteran woodturner and expert at ...

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