You don't have to be a master on the lathe to turn a useful, handsome bowl
Synopsis: 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 techniques shared in this article are how to use a center-screw faceplate and a step-jaw faceplate to fix wood to the lathe, how to use a firm grip and light touch to guide the tool, and what to do if you get a tricky situation. Follow his steps on roughing out the profile, shaping the base and foot, finishing the profile, remounting the bowl to hollow it, and sanding and finishing the inside with a food-safe finish.
The beauty of a well-balanced bowl lies in subtle details. A bowl that’s meant to be used should invite human touch. Making one isn’t beyond the means of even a beginner, as long as he’s armed with a nice piece of…