I’ve been working on this elegant little
walnut bowl, and this piece has been inspired by a discovery in Dublin only last year. Now the piece discovered was made over a thousand years ago by the Vikings on one of their visits here to Ireland. Now one of the things I really like
about this piece is that anybody that wants to make it they really don’t need to own a very big lathe at all because it’s quite small in size. But one of the challenging things is the fact that the bowl closes in at the top, so this makes it harder to get inside it with the tools. Also the wall thicknesses is quite thin, so
the likelihood of getting vibration will be quite high. And those are some of the
things that I can help you it here today So i’m going to line up the tool rest about 5mm or so away from the piece of wood. And the first cut i’m going to make is from the rim down towards the base here, just to true up the outside edge. The speed is at about 800 RPM and i’m standing here with my right foot parallel to the tool rest and my left foot is at 90 degrees. And I just simply rotate the tool to the right until the little red line here is out of my line of vision. So i’m going to take a measurement for a second off the base of the bowl that iv’e made earlier on. So the base diameter on this piece is actually 65mm, so that means it’s big enough to be stable and small enough to still be attractive. So i’m going to apply that measurement also onto the bowl.