Turned Bowl and Apple

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Introduction: Turned Bowl and Apple

I made this turned bowl and apple at Techshop, San Francisco using the wood lathe.

The bowl is cherry.  The apple is soft maple with a walnut stalk, which I also turned.  The best way to learn to make either is to take a class and then search for turning videos on youtube.  The cuts for making a bowl are quite hard to understand without being shown hands-on.

Both pieces were polished up to 600 grit and then finished with butchers block finish (some mix of mineral oil, beeswax and carnauba wax).

To photograph them, I used available light from a window, black IKEA table and a Nikon D3100 set on manual mode with 35mm lens. The black background and light wood meant that normal metering didn't work well.

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Beautiful work! What did you use for the stem?

It's walnut. I just take a cornet of a lock of walnut and, using a knife, split off a little sliver. Then sand it with 80-grit to shape and glue in place.

Absolutely gorgeous! I really need to take some of the woodworking classes at Techshop. :)