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The Bowl Making Story at Alfred’s End Studio

New Log sections  ready to be cut into bowl shapes Most turners use wet wood for this because it's easier to turn at this stage.

New Log sections ready to be cut into bowl shapes. Most turners use wet wood for this because it’s easier to turn at this stage.

A chainsawed slab ready to be cut out

A chainsawed slab ready to be cut out

Drawing the circle to be cut.

Drawing the circle to be cut.

Getting ready to chainsaw a rough form.

Getting ready to chainsaw a rough form.

The rough shape has been chainsawed out.

The rough shape has been chainsawed out.

Mounting a face plate which will attach the rough form to the lathe.

Mounting a face plate which will attach the rough form to the lathe.

Mounted on the lathe. In this case the bark will be removed but it could be mounted the opposite way leaving the bark on the lip of the finished bowl

Mounted on the lathe. In this case the bark will be removed but it could be mounted the opposite way leaving the bark on the lip of the finished bowl

The rough turning begins.

The rough turning begins.

Another view of the rough turning of the bowl.

Another view of the rough turning of the bowl.

These roughed out bowls are set to dry for a few months wrapped in paper bags which slows drying. That helps stop cracking a warping.

These roughed out bowls are set to dry for a few months wrapped in paper bags which slows drying. That helps stop cracking a warping.

This bowel has dried and is remounted on the lathe to begin the final turning of it's shape.

This bowl has dried and is remounted on the lathe to begin the final turning of it’s shape.

Another view before final turning. This bowl is mounted in a chuck to hold it while turning.

Another view before final turning. This bowl is mounted in a chuck to hold it while turning.

Some of the turning chisels used to make bowls.

Some of the turning chisels used to make bowls.

Some measuring tools.

Some measuring tools.

Sanding the bowls for the finish is usually needed. These right angle drills are ideal. The face mask has filters and a fan system so the dust in not breathed in.

Sanding the bowls for the finish is usually needed. These right angle drills are ideal. The face mask has filters and a fan system so you don’t breathe the dust.

Lots of shavings from the turning process.

Lots of shavings from the turning process.

Here are two completed pieces prior to a finish being applied. The bowl is White Pine.

Here are two completed pieces prior to a finish being applied. The bowl is White Pine.

Here is a close up of the turned box. This one is Maple and Walnut. It was turned in seven sections and assembled. A complicated process.

Here is a close up of the turned box. This one is Maple and Walnut. It was turned in seven sections and assembled. A complicated process.

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