Turning Archive 2006

Subject:
Bubinga orts bowl *PIC*

Mike Stafford
>I have admired Carole Valentine's miniature hollow forms but have resisted the desire to turn hollow forms as I like to turn boxes. My wife is a needlepointer and she and her friends have a need for orts bowls. Orts are the little leftover pieces of thread that are snipped off after the piece of yarn becomes too short to stitch with. These orts are cut off and must be contained and that is where the "orts" bowl comes into play. The ladies when sitting around at a stitch in have their own little orts bowls to contain these snippets of thread. Here is an orts bowl in bubinga 1 7/8" tall and 2 1/4" in diameter. I took a 1" square scraper and reground it to form a little hook nosed scraper like one I saw in a catalog. It seems to work fine but I continue to resist the urge to turn hollow forms......

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