MCW Jan. '14 Program
Jan 19, 2014Public
Photo: Our demonstrator for the evening, Mark Supik, likes to make end-grain bowls. He begins by showing a collection of end-grain bowls he has made. He had a large pine tree come down and made the most of it by giving out pieces for people to turn. He made some pretty nice pieces from it himself.
Photo: Mark shows two bowls turned from one log, one end grain and one side grain. He passed them around to show the differences.
Photo: Mark likes end-grain turning because of the way you can see the history of the tree in its rings in the bowl. He has also added a decorative band to this one.
Photo: The fantastic natural-edge hornbeam bowl actually comes from the roots of the tree.
Photo: This is the orientation it grew in, and Mark is showing where the level of the ground was.
Photo: This one is a nice piece of cedar.
Photo: This large cedar bowl really has some character!
Photo: Beginning his demonstration, Mark describes what he looks for in a good bowl -- a nice curve...
Photo: ...and consistent thickness.
Photo: Mark uses plastic bags to retard drying speed to try to deter cracking. He reverses the bag every few days to let the moisture out.
Photo: Tonight we're going to make a bowl from this nice little cherry log.
Photo: Mark does most of his turning between centers.
Photo: He has his tools laid out for the demo, including a box of wet/dry sandpaper for wet wood. Mark uses bowl gouges, a spindle gouge, and André Martel hook tools.
Photo: Beginning roughing, Mark talks about proper tool placement. This cut is made with the handle low and held tightly against his hip for support. The body is moved to change the angle.
Photo: The bark is coming off (but not at the end toward the headstock, which will be the natural-edge rim), and the shape of the bottom is starting to be defined.
Photo: We had an overflow crowd, and the view from the back is not good. We're looking into buying a large monitor to provide the needed visability.
Photo: Working on the foot and chuck tenon.
Photo: Since this is spindle turning, Mark works from higher to lower as he removes material. In this way, he is cutting into supported fibers.
Photo: Making some lovely ribbons fly.
Photo: An experienced turner can direct where the shavings go, and...
Photo: ... the front row is always a fun place to put them.
Photo: The outside is shaped, and Mark reverses the bowl into a chuck.  Mark has no problem bottoming the tenon out in the chuck, although many instructors will say not to.
Photo: Ribbons can come from hollowing too.  All you need is a sharp tool and good technique.
Photo: Note that Mark has left a narrow band of bark for what is to be the rim of this natural-edge bowl.