I've enjoyed woodturning for years, but I'll never forget my first project - a bowl. It didn't make it off the lathe (my tool caught, resulting in a large crack), but it was the start of a great woodturning journey.
There is nothing quite like transforming a discarded log into a work of art. And not only are wooden bowls beautiful, they're useful, whether in your home, as a gift, or for sale.
Approaching the lathe with a design in mind is an important step in the wooden bowl turning process. Once again, the spirit of the old mantra "measure twice, cut once", applies. Consider the style and shape of piece you'd like to create before shavings are flying.
An article entitled Basic Bowl Design by Scottish turner Peter Smith was the inspriation for this guide. Smith's article brought to light the aspects of bowl design, and I'm excited to share them with you here.