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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  • 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 ...

  • Turning a Matched Set of BowlsTurning a Matched Set of Bowls

    by Arthur F. Sherry

    Turning a good matched set of bowls can be a challenge, and it calls for careful planning and execution. In this article, Arthur F. Sherry shares patternmakers’ ...

  • 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, ...

  • The Bowl GougeThe Bowl Gouge

    by Peter Child

    There are three types of woodturning gouges, writes Peter Child: one designed for bowls, one for between-center coving and small rounds, and one for roughing square ...

  • 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 ...

  • Checkered BowlsCheckered Bowls

    by Irving Fischman

    Irving Fischman wrote this article while he was immersed in the pottery and basketry of the Indians of the Americas. They used simple shapes to counterpoint intricate ...

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