A Rough-Turned Maple Bowl In-Progress

Here’s a quick look at a medium maple bowl, freshly roughed out on the new lathe. I roughed it out green – it had some moisture in it, but it was not very wet. The bark peeled off fairly easy … some of it flew off during turning. The result is a very pretty natural edge bowl. I wanted to show this to give you an idea of one of the challenges in turning natural edge bowls. Look at the crispness of the edge of the bowl as it spins. The edge is very sharp - when the speed is turned up to 800 - 1,200 RPM, those shard edges can you you quickly. So the warning on turning these bowls is to always be aware of where your body is in proximity to the spinning edge of that bowl.