So, it’s finally the fall season and I’m again getting back into the shop. Man, do I have a lot of work waiting for me! In addition to the always present shop clean-up activities, I have to finish my work on the Huntboard and then get back to the Sculpted Rocking Chair – oh, and let’s not forget that I still have that project for in between projects – the Dreadnought Guitar – still to be completed!
As I’ve stated before, summer is usually a slow time of year for me in the shop. There are just too many other things vying for time in the summer months – and in Upstate New York we have to take every advantage of the little bit of nice weather we get!
I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been doing a bunch of turning lately. I have been working to improve my skills and focusing more on the design aspects of various types of turned forms. I’ve done a bunch of open bowls and also some semi-closed forms en route to developing my skills to do hollow-forms.
What you see in the (somewhat poorly photographed) pictures is a sampling of some of the pieces that I’ve done over the summer. I did do a few more, but have already given them away to folks that offered up some freshly cut wood for my efforts. As you can see there are open bowls, and semi-closed forms that I used to help develop the ability to cut away under the rim of a bowl.
I recently tried a hollow-form with some green Maple. This was done with the limited hollowing tools that I own (the Sorby Multi-tip scraper and Sorby Hollow Master – the Multi-tip is a decent tool but, I would not recommend Hollow Master). Well, let’s just say that I have more work to do to refine my skills. I had a catch while hollowing and nearly tore the tenon right off the bottom of this piece (sorry for the somewhat blurry pictures). Luckily, the piece did not go into orbit, but the catch was still exciting to say the least. I think this was caused by the awkward curve of the Sorby Hollow Master tool as my not clearing out the shavings frequently enough.
Oh well, the wood was free and I’m learning with every piece that I spin on the lathe. This event also gave me the impetus to order some real hollowing tools to satisfy this addiction…I mean hobby.