Nice Bottom Madam…….

OOOh Errr missus!
I haven’t really been getting much turning done lately thanks to the weather, my shoulder, and family commitments. Like many turners, I have previously used a recess in the bottom of the bowl to hold the wood in the chuck to hollow the inside.
More recently, I have been using a tenon on the bottom, and then removing it afterward to leave a flat bottom.

I still have a fair amount of horse chestnut (conker) which is now much drier than I would like. It is very splintery to work with, and no matter how sharp the tools I still get a huge amount of grain tear. The main thing with this though, for me at any rate, is getting the bottom flat.
Conker Hi-Side Bowl #3
I think it looks pretty good.
Conker Hi-Side Bowl #2
Side view is OK too I think, and of course……
Conker Hi-Side Bowl #1
the top looks fairly reasonable.

I could be doing with some cole or coles jaws for the chuck, but for the time being I will have to make do with a jam chuck.

This is a piece of alder, from a crotched branch of a diseased tree.
Alder Bowl #4
Some tool marks and torn grain on this one, but I blame the inclusion for not getting the bevel of the gouge to rub properly. (my story and I’m sticking to it)
Alder Bowl #1
The inclusion is attractive though.
Alder Bowl #3
Even from the top it looks OK.

Finally, this piece of either maple or ash was my first attempt at the flat bottom. Something black got in the finish though. I have no idea what it was, as the finish is only cellulose sanding sealer.
Maple Bowl #3
Again, there is a fair bit of grain tear. This timber has been lying around for at least 3 years, so could also be a bit too dry for my skill set.
Maple Bowl #1
The side view looks a bit better.
Maple Bowl #2
The grain tear is quite visible inside this one too.

All in all though, quite a successful experiment. I think I will most certainly continue using this method.

I also started building a new bench for the shed, which may become a stand for my lathe. The stand supplied with it is made from pressed steel, and is a bit flimsy.
Photos to follow

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