Natural Edge Bowl

I had a nice piece of Walnut that was dry enough to try my hand at turning a natural edge bowl. Not just a natural edge bowl, but one that wasn’t round, instead elongated which meant that I would be turning “air” as the cut was interrupted 4 times per revolution until I was deep enough to encounter solid wood. It was an interesting experience as you can tell by the following photos and I will try it again as my confidence builds.

finished natural edge bowl

Bowl with 6 coats of Wood Turner’s Finish on each side

 

log on screw chuck

The log is held on by a course screw that is secured in the chuck

 

Beginning to turn

When you first start the turning process, it is somewhat violent because the cut is interrupted 4 times per revolution

 

Shaping outside

You can see the bowl profile emerge as more material is removed




Completed outside profile

I’m happy with the shape so the next step is to turn a tenon on the bottom




Completed tenon

The tenon is completed which will fit in the chuck so the bowl can be hollowed




Sanding outside of bowl

This bowl doesn’t lend itself to sanding while the lathe is turning so I did it by hand




Applying finish to outside

I finished the outside with 6 coats of Wood Turner’s Finish before re-mounting to hollow the bowl




Re-chucked for hollowing

After the outside was finished, it was turned around for the hollowing process




Beginning point

Note the screw hole from the previous method of mounting




Beginning hollowing

Cut through the bark as the hollowing process proceeds



Whirling timber

If you look closely, you can see the ghost outline of the ends of the log. It’s this area that the cut is interrupted so care must be taken not to get too aggressive with the cut




Taking shape

Taking shape




Almost done

I wanted the rim to be about 1/4″ thick but settled for about 3/8″ because I was concerned that I would destroy the bowl if I went any further




Side View

Side View




Ready for finishing

Same as the outside, the inside had to be sanded by hand




Bowl with finish applied

Six layers of finish were applied to the inside