Turn a Hollow Vessel
With green wood and modern boring tools, thin-walled vessels are within every turner''s reach
Synopsis: Improvements in wood-turning tools have made the art of hollow-vessel turning accessible to woodturners of varying skill levels. In this article, Howard Levin, a woodworking instructor and custom woodworker, guides readers through the steps to turning a tall vessel with a narrow rim from green wood. In addition to touting the joy and ease of turning green wood, Lewin also explains how to keep the vessel walls thin and uniform, and how to dry a green wood turning to release the moisture slowly and prevent checks and cracks.
During the past few decades there has been a revolution in woodturning tools, from lathes and chucks to gouges and boring bars. As a result, what once was deemed difficult or even impossible to turn has become commonplace.
In the area of hollow-vessel turning, two innovators stand out. The first is David Ellsworth, who in the 1970s began turning vessels with…