I took a private lesson in WOOD TURNING.
YES, wood turning.
Well, I want some larger wood "dapping" blocks for when I am sinking bowls.
I have the small wood and steel cube's with the dapping punches but the largest piece of metal they will take is about 1.5" diameter. I have 2 other wood sinking block and they take 3", 3.25", and 4.7" diameter pieces and most of the dishing areas are not even 50% of the diameter deep some are not even 25%. PLUS I have the Pepe Tools Cupola Punch and Die Sets,
The issue is I need some in between sizes and I want them deep - at least 50% of the diameter if not more so I can get a good wall on the bowl I am sinking
Thus, learning to "turn" a bowl allows me to make my own in the sizes I need.
At 11:00 am I met with Mike McElhiney a wood turner in San Diego and I had a 2+ hour lesson. Before we started, I showed him a few of my existing dapping blocks and what I can make with them so he could understand what I wanted to do with what we were going to be making.
Mike had brought the wood and tools and showed me how to set up the lathe, put the wood in the chuck, turn the outside, drill a center bore and then turn the bore into the "dishing" bowl.
The wood chips and dust were flying everywhere (even down my shirt and into my BRA!)
I (we actually) made 3 dapping bowls and a 4th blank (outside turned only) for one more.
The end result:
- 3.5" outside diameter with a 3.25" inside diameter by .7" deep
- 3.25" outside diameter with a 3" inside diameter by 1.4" deep
- 3.75 outside diameter with a 3.5" inside diameter by 2" deep
I sink some metal in them, in the next few weeks to test them. Then I will get back together with Mike for another lesson and then make some with specific dimension
Here are some pictures and at the end a very short video of Mike turning the big block of wood round.