01 Welcome – Wood Bowl Turning, Start to Finish

I’m so glad you’re here for a couple of reasons. One, you are interested and excited to learn how to turn bowls, and you’ve taken the initiative to get started. And the second reason I’m excited for you to be here is that I believe this online eCourse is designed to help you learn to turn wood bowls as no other class or opportunity has before.

Will I Benefit From This eCourse?

• If you’ve never turned and you want to make wood bowls, this eCourse is for you.
• If you’ve started turning bowls and you’re having issues with various aspects of turning, this eCourse is for you.
• If you turn with carbide scrapers and want to advance to using traditional tools like the bowl gouge, this eCourse is for you.
• If you’re curious and want to see all the steps needed to make bowls, this eCourse is for you.

What To Expect

This eCourse is based on a series of two dozen videos broken into easy-digestible and well-indexed lessons. Each lesson teaches a skill that is required to turn a bowl.

As you progress through this course, there will also be lessons on using the bowl gouge, the main instrument used in this eCourse. Your bowl gouge knowledge and skills will rapidly grow as you proceed.

What Will We Cover

It’s very simple, we will cover everything you need to turn a chunk of wood into a beautiful bowl. Each step is filmed and clearly explained to make the whole process much more manageable.

We will start with a woodblock, attach it to the lathe, and learn all the angles and techniques for shaping it with a bowl gouge until the bowl is ready for sanding, signing, and finish, which we will cover as well.

Wood To Be Turned

As I was watching other turners demonstrate wood bowl turning, I had an “ah-ha” moment. Most turners love doing demos with beautiful, large (and usually expensive) bowl blanks.

For someone beginning and practicing, using a pricey bowl blank is both intimidating and not practical.

That’s when I realized we should all be turning the same wood bowl blanks, and they should not be expensive. Oh, and this wood source needs to be available to almost everyone (around the world).

I think you’re going to like the solution we will be using for our bowl blanks! 😉

Bowl Gouge Integration

Throughout this eCourse, we will be learning about the bowl gouge, our primary tool of choice for creating a wooden bowl.

Detailed information will explain how to hold, angle, position, and move the gouge in each lesson.

Several lessons will also be dedicated to various aspects and concepts we must understand regarding the bowl gouge.

You might look at this whole course as a thorough bowl gouge workshop, and when you’re finished, you’ll just happen to have made a few wood bowl in the process. 😉

The Ultimate Goal of this eCourse

At the end of this course, I want you to be able to turn a wood bowl from start to finish confidently.

For any reason, you need to recall a particular bowl turning concept or technique, you can easily and quickly return to the appropriate lesson and refresh your knowledge.

We will not be making a one-of-a-kind showpiece from this course. Instead, we will be making many simple bowls and building our skill-sets, so you can then MAKE ANY BOWL YOU DREAM POSSIBLE!

I’m so glad you’re here. Let’s dive in and get started!

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bertail.patrice@orange.fr July 12, 2021 at

Hello Kent
Super clear introduction
I have watched all the videos from this course and have already practiced. I had a few blanks in my workshop
I now take the videos and I will elaborate on each of them

Patrice

Kent W (Administrator) July 14, 2021 at

Fantastic, Patrice! Happy Turning!

c_olsen_glindemann@bigpond.com April 21, 2021 at

Kent. Excellent introduction. I hung on to every word, I will take a while to catch on as I, like other Folk, have commitments. But at my own pace I should start making progress once things gradually become clear to me as I believe that safety in Wood Turning is a huge priority. Another reason for not rushing.
Thank you Kent, I am really looking forward to the Bowl Turning Journey ahead of me.

Kind regards……Cliff Olsen

Kent W (Administrator) April 21, 2021 at

Cliff,

Thank you for writing and sharing!

You are very welcome. It sounds like you are going to appreciate and enjoy the whole process!

All the best to you and Happy Turning!
Kent

amberpetherbridge@yahoo.com March 23, 2021 at

Kent, good morning! I have a question about log preparation. I have a log that I have not split down the middle so that the base starts out flat. The log has a natural bend to it and I am considering just starting with it round. I will chisel out some flat areas so that the lathe makes proper contact. Do you recommend doing this, or do you think I should split it first? Thank you for your time and consideration. It is because of your course that I am doing this.

Kind Regards,
Trey

Kent W (Administrator) March 27, 2021 at

Trey,
This is a bigger question that I will cover more thoroughly in the Green Wood online course, but let me give this a shot here.
By not splitting the log, you are including the pith. A lot of tension resides around the pith and usually by splitting a log the pith tension is relieved and the cracks caused by that tension are reduced. With all that being said, you can leave the pith and turn the full log, but know the pith area might crack. Smaller branches can work well with the pith included, it really depends on the tree species. Some trees crack more than others. Experiment and discover for yourself what works best for you. Happy Turning!

hdmarshall@gmail.com March 19, 2021 at

Hi Kent, I was gifted an 8″x12″ Wen mini lathe for Christmas and it really couldn’t have been a better gift for me (though it did result in quite a substantial number of purchases thereafter). I dove right in with mini bats, wands, tea light holders, and bowls. I found your channel on YouTube and I’m very excited to start this course. Thanks for all the content you’ve created, I’ve already learned so much from YouTube and I’m looking forward to perfecting my bowl turning with this course.

Kent W (Administrator) March 21, 2021 at

Fantastic! Welcome! Yes, a free or “gifted” lathe is like a free dog. There will be additional expenses. 😉 Enjoy and Happy Turning!

mcnamar@charter.net March 8, 2021 at

Kent – I just finished your sharpening course and wanted to go straight into this course. I will be going in for surgery on my elbow in 10 days, but I hope to get as much out of this course before then as possible. And, as you point out, it will always be here after I heal up so I can always go back and refresh my brain and hands on your materials.

v/r
Brad

Kent W (Administrator) March 10, 2021 at

Brad,

Excellent. Enjoy the process, no need to rush.

I hope your surgery is successful and your recovery quick.

All the best to you!

Happy Turning,
Kent

I really like the fact that we (I) will be using common, inexpensive and readily available bowl blanks through out this course. The fact that I can proceed at my own pace is most appealing because we don’t all have the same schedules and most folks have other obligations.

Kent W (Administrator) October 31, 2020 at

Don,

Thanks for your input.

I’m so glad you appreciate the simplified bowl blanks.

Yes, and this Course will be available for you whenever you’d like to work at your own pace.

Happy Turning,
Kent

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