Turning Archive 2005

The Good Old Days....

Wally Dickerman in Arizona
>I was there.

Okay, you have a nice hardwood blank, 12 x 4 1/2 inches. You want to turn a salad bowl. But wait...it's 1980. The bowl gouge was invented in England in the 70's, but didn't reach the U.S. until after 1980, and didn't become popular for at least 2 or 3 years. So you have no bowl gouge. The 4-jaw chuck wasn't marketed until about 1990, so you don't have that. High speed steel isn't in general use for turning tools, so your tools are carbon steel. Tools available are for spindle turning anyway. You'll have to use those or make your own bowl turning tools. There aren't any videos. Books available are mostly on spindle turning. There are certainly no woodturning websites. If there are any clubs they're for general woodworking and seldom for woodturning. Lathes are constructed for spindle turning. No swiveling or sliding headstocks, no electronic variable speed, and very few have a swing of more than 12 inches.

Now tell me, how are you going to turn that salad bowl?

We've come a long way in 25 years.


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