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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

First project from the new shop

It seemed fitting that my first project would reflect my intention to continue work on more advanced bowls.  These are bowls that typically use two or three blanks, have curved sides, and are more time-consuming to make.  They may also have to be glued up in stages to allow access for sanding the interiors.

I included a picture of the completed bowl, as well as a picture before any exterior sanding was done.  For sanding the interior, I used both the regular and mini sized round inflatable, as well as the long inflatable drum.  For sanding the exterior, I used the regular round inflatable for the "valleys" and the 2" flexible pad sander for the rest.

I brought the bowl to the NWA show at Saratoga Springs this past weekend, and had fun teasing the turners, many of whom had no idea you could do this with the scroll saw.


  1. Beautiful work as always. Sigh, someday I will find time to make another bowl. Too many other projects

  2. Thanks, glad you like it. You can always get a bowl started, then work at it a little at a time. :)

  3. Nice job Carole, looks like you did a lot of sanding!

  4. You bet! But it's relaxing and fun, once the basic shape is roughed out.

  5. I just found your Blog a few days ago...about 7 of them. I finished it and ordered your first book! I am so excited. Thanks for taking the time to make all the videos.

  6. Welcome, Berta. Be sure to email me if you have any questions about the projects. And be sure to have fun!

  7. Allen Grayson April 1, 2013 at 6:08pm.
    Until I read your first book I had never had any interests in bowls.
    Being an engineer, I'm not usually oriented toward 'art' projects but your bowls are beautiful.
    This new bowl is a logical extension of your other bowls.
    Seeing this new bowl I immediately thought of the possibilities using the multiple material techniques from your first book.
    Congratulations and thanks for sharing with all of us.

  8. Thanks, Allen. I'm starting to explore the possibilities, and would love to hear your thoughts about what could lie ahead.

  9. Hi Carole, I need some help understanding why my bowl didn't work. First I started with a 1-1/2" piece of poplar, I cut the rings out at 25%, the over hang on each one was very great. Now I have a lamp shade. It was just to thin to make a bowl out of. I have done six other bowls that were made from 3/4" stock and worked fine. Any ideas on what I did wrong? I have noticed that I dill my holes for the blade at 25% on the drill press, cut the rings out at at 25% on the scroll saw, I put a drum sander in my drill press to sand the out / iInside of the bowl and I have change the angle when sanding. ??? You can mail me at coop5157@Ggmail.cm thanks John