10 Woodturning Tips and Tricks for Wood Bowls

Woodturning tips, tricks, and secrets for making wood bowls are numerous and extremely valuable. Knowing the right woodturning tips to use at the right time can save time, money, and potential injury. As humans, we have amazing skills over other species. We can remember, visualize, plan, and communicate. These may all seem simple and straightforward, […]

Lathe Light – Why You Probably Need More

Wood Lathe Light Wood Bowl Turning Illuminated

Lathe light is essential while turning wood bowls for two reasons, illumination, and specific details. This often overlooked lathe accessory can make the difference between okay and great wood turned bowls. The first reason might seem obvious, good illumination, but I can tell you lighting at the lathe is not taken seriously, in most cases. […]

Bandsaw Basics for Wood Bowl Turners

Bandsaw Basics Main Image

How important is it for a woodturner to have a bandsaw? A bandsaw is an essential tool for woodturners, especially wood bowl turners. The bandsaw helps remove excess material in order to make the process of turning a wood bowl more efficient. Understanding how the bandsaw works, using it safely, and showing it all due […]

How To Make Or Turn Wood Bowl – Illustrated Step By Step

Turning Making Wood Bowls Main Image

Turning Wood Bowls is one of the most enjoyable creative processes I know. However, to get started we need to know the procedures and techniques to make a wood bowl. Yes, there are plenty of videos and websites about turning wood bowls, but when I was learning there didn’t seem to be one place with […]

Wood Bowl Mortise or Tenon – Which is Best?

Mortise or Tenon Main Image

Mortise or tenon, that is the question when turning or making a wood bowl. For some, there is no preference, for others, it’s either mortise or tenon, but not the other. You’ve set up the bowl blank, begun turning and it’s now time to decide how to attach the bowl to the four jaw chuck. […]

Bowl Gouge Sharpening Techniques Step by Step

Bowl Gouge Sharpening Techniques main Image

Bowl gouge sharpening techniques are really the first thing that needs to be learned when turning wood bowls. Why? Because without a sharp bowl gouge turning wood bowls is not easy. As the saying goes, “An almost sharp bowl gouge will almost cut wood.” Another reason bowl gouge sharpening techniques need to come first is, […]

5 Tricks To Instantly Improve Bowl Woodturning

Improve Bowl Woodturning Main Image

To improve bowl woodturning and create the “perfect” wood turned bowl may seem like an elusive, and at times, an impossible goal. Regardless where you currently stand as a woodturner, some tricks can assure more success. Most of the tricks used to take a bowl from okay to outstanding are subtle. Some of these tricks […]

Wood Bowl Mortise – Make It Right

Bowl Mortise Understand and Create Perfect Recessed Lathe Connection

The wood bowl mortise method to attach a bowl to the lathe is a straightforward and relatively simple procedure. Mortise creation is an excellent and efficient technique for beginners and experts alike. What is a Bowl Mortise A recessed cavity in the bowl bottom, called a mortise, receives the jaws of a four-jaw chuck, also […]

No Catches-Using a Bowl Gouge With Confidence

Using A Bowl Gouge No Catches

Using a bowl gouge with confidence is critically important and an initial hurdle to jump when first turning wood bowls. The fear of getting catches can be paralyzing. Knowledge and practice are required to tame that fear and create beautiful bowls while using a bowl gouge. Let’s face it; no one wants to get a […]

Bowl Sanding Tools and Finish Techniques – Wood Bowls

Bowl Sanding Tools Finish Techniques

Bowl Sanding Tools are somewhat simplistic. How those bowl sanding tools are used to get the best looking bowls can seem overwhelming at first. I’ll tell you straight out: I used to hate sanding. I dreaded the idea of “wasting time” and wanted to get on with doing other more important things. Sanding and I […]