Bowled Over

A milestone for me, I turned this little bowl, and managed to keep the grain tear to a minimum. This is achieved by making slicing cuts rather than simply gouging chunks out of the timber. I have been trying for some time to master this technique, but have always had to resort to scraping then sanding to get a half-ways acceptable finish.
This little bowl has been a breakthrough for me, and I am very happy with the result. It may not be much to look at, but the fact that it was sanded from 240-grit to 400-grit is a major achievement for me.
Sycamore Devo #2
The timber is sycamore, and the finish is clear lacquer. Sycamore is quite a bland wood, and this particular tree was blown down. There is staining in the grain, which kinda takes the look away I feel.
Sycamore Devo #3
All in all, I’m quite pleased with this effort. I’m not sure what the bowl would be used for. I’m beginning to get hemmed in by all the stuff I turn, but I have no idea what to do with it.

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