MCW Jan. '08 Meeting
Apr 28, 2016Public
Photo: Here is the Show & Tell table for tonight.  Good stuff.
Photo: Stan Sherman brought this nice bowl in spalted hickory...
Photo: ...here's the inside.  Nice shape.
Photo: Richard Webster went with the natural-edge of this spalted red maple.
Photo: Richard also did some minimalist turning to create a sculpture from this piece of boxwood that keeps the hand of Mother Nature very evident.
Photo: Stuart Glickman did a "basket illusion", applying carving and coloring to a turned cherry bowl.  Lots of work and very effective.
Photo: David Jacobowitz loves to make segmented vessels.  This one, in bocote, has thin, red veneers in between the segments (see the Gallery shot).
Photo: Eliot Feldman turned a thin cherry cup and pierced it.
Photo: Michael Blake is enamored with tool handles, as evidenced here.
Photo: This one has a screw-off cap and has been hollowed to hold bits.  Nice work!
Photo: Michael brought a selections of others, as well -- and some are sharp, hence the protective covering for transportation.
Photo: Clif Poodry liked the article about a wooden cup cover in the AAW journal "American Woodturning" and followed the directions in the article to make this one.
Photo: There’s something rewarding, deep inside, a joy that comes from converting a hunk of wood into a shapely bowl – particularly a natural-edge bowl that carries with it the legacy of the tree. MCW was privileged to watch an expert, Ron Brown, perform this ceremony, if you will, at our January meeting. Ron Brown's goal was to show us how to make a natural-edge bowl in the 'Ellsworth Style'.
Photo: Ron Brown professional turner who is a member of the Baltimore Area Turners and the Chesapeake Woodturners chapters. He lives in Phoenix, Maryland, north of Baltimore. Ron has studied with several fine turners of wood like Ron Fleming, David Ellsworth, Johannes Michaelson and most recently Trent Bosch.
Photo: For his demo, Ron began with a beech round about 12” in diameter. After some comments about design and shapes, he got to work with his Ellsworth bowl gouge with its long, swept-back wings...
Photo: ...this is Ron’s chief tool, and he finds it to be very flexible in application.
Photo: He also uses a smaller, pointy, detail gouge with the bevel relieved, à la Ellsworth, Michelsen, Bosch, Drozda, etc.
Photo: After adding a tenon on the bottom, he roughed the outside quickly, with a variety of push and pull cuts, from bottom to top.
Photo: He came at the bark edge from top down (to keep the bark on) and finished up with some light shearing or tangent cuts to smooth the surface.
Photo: While roughing the outside, Ron felt like adding a feature, so he incorporated a ridge representing a kind of base on the lower part of the bowl. It was cut so that the shape of the bowl was pretty much the same on both sides, as if the band weren’t there. This is a very pleasing shape. That’s what’s great about woodturning – you can do anything you want to!
Photo: He resumed hollowing the bowl with the tenon reversed in the scroll chuck, and left the tail center engaged for a while as a safety measure to permit some relatively aggressive cuts. After a while, he removed it and the resulting stub, and continued hollowing with the piece held in the chuck only. At that point, it became a case of “ride ’em cowboy”.
Photo: In order to keep a better arm position, Ron got his right leg over the lathe bed. (I’ve got to try that too!) The theory here, espoused by David Ellsworth, is that this gives better tool control than leaning way over the lathe with your arm held out far from your body.
Photo: The curls are flying.  That's a sign of excellent tool work -- cutting, on the bevel.
Photo: While roughing, Ron cuts both ways depending on the ease and feel of the situation. Cutting in the “wrong” direction is not a problem as long as the only fibers you are tearing out are soon going to be removed anyway.