Turning Archive 2004

Subject:
wall thickness

DWFII
>Here's a question that is puzzling me. Sometimes I see bowls or other hollow forms that are relatively thick walled. A bowl 12" wide and 6" high or a vase 12 inches high and 8" wide...for two examples of items I've seen recently. The walls of each were 1/2" or thicker in each case. The vase was a burl with some open inclusions.

My question is this: is thinner better? I would think that you would want the walls of any vessel to be as thin as possible...within reason and keeping in mind the strength of the wood. But what is reasonable?

BTW, thanks to all who answered my question about first hollowing tools.

DWFII

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