MCW March '12 Demo
Mar 24, 2012Public
Photo: David Ellsworth started off explaining what he was going to demo.
Photo: It was a full house watching David determine if the log is centered where he wants it.
Photo: Here he is resetting it between centers to get the desired balance and alignment
Photo: David previewed his tools, pulling out the ultimate hollowing tool,  in use since the 70s.
Photo: This is the magic wand of hollowing, the rake.  Before air compressors were affordable, this is all there was.
Photo: Lastly he pulled out the Ellsworth Signature gouge.  Here he is setting the nose angle for grinding using his jig.
Photo: and grinding with the Ellsworth sharpening jig
Photo: David uses his signature gouge to do all the shaping including the roughing.
Photo: He starts by getting all the bark off and making it round.  He does this by cutting straight in until all the bark is off in that row and...
Photo: ... then moves over and takes another row until ...
Photo: ... he get all  the bark off.
Photo: Next he squares off the ends.
Photo: Then he begins rounding one end.  Look at the long thick ribbons coming off that gouge!
Photo: The camera captures the gouge angle and techniques that can't be seen from the seats.
Photo: David finished rounding one side and turned it around between centers.  Here he explained how he used the gouge to make a specific cut.
Photo: Then he began rounding the second half.
Photo: After both sides are rounded, he eyes the center and marks it with a pencil.
Photo: He puts it between centers on the center line.
Photo: He discussed how to get the desired spherical shape by checking the alignment of the previous center holes.  The goal is to have the pith at the widest part of the form for best effect when it distorts during drying.
Photo: He then rounds it again.  Look at those curls coming off a sharp tool!
Photo: David shapes the bottom to allow a chuck to grip it.
Photo: He shows the rounded spindle gouge he used to make a crisp corner for the chuck will need to hold securely.
Photo: After turning the form around and attaching it to the chuck he starts to make the final shape.
Photo: Here David turns left handed -- if you practice enough it should be natural from both sides.