Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
How long did it take...?

Jack Savona
>I was invited at the last minute to do a juried craft show this weekend. I have a corner booth near the entrance, so I'm hoping for some good traffic (and sales). However, many people seem to ask: "How long does it take to make a bowl?" I don't know if it's just curiosity or they are trying to decide why the prices are what they are.

I'm thinking of printing the following and having it in my booth to save me some time with the obvious NON-buyers? Whaddayathink?

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A BOWL?

Before I answer that let me ask:

Are you counting the time it took …

…locating those special logs?
…loading them and transporting them to my shop?
…coating the logs to prevent them from cracking?
…stacking and covering the logs until needed?
…chainsawing the individual log into slabs?
…rounding the slabs on the bandsaw
…recoating the rounded blanks for storage?
…selecting a blank and deciding on the design, proportions, etc.
…roughing out the bowl on the lathe?
…soaking it afterwards to minimize cracks and distortion?
…letting it dry for at least 3 months, periodically checking it?
…re-truing the distorted bowl on the lathe and carefully turning it to final size and thickness?
…filling any voids or cracks?
…meticulously sanding it to 800 grit or more?
…adding any embellishments?
…finishing off the bottom?
…buffing the bowl with both Tripoli and white diamond compounds?
…applying 4-6 coats of finish over a week’s time?
…waiting for the finish to cure?
…buffing again with both Tripoli and white diamond compounds?

If you’re not counting much of the above and the bowl doesn't badly crack while drying or come apart when it's turned, the answer is…

It really doesn’t take much time at all.

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