I wonder how many readers core blanks to produce nested sets of bowls?
I’ve been coring pretty much all my larger blanks for a few years now, and have a pile of bowls drying out in rotation. When I started, I used the Stewart slicer to core…Deja Vu!…I’ve prattled about this before…never mind this is different…
So I used the Stewart system, and whilst you can core with it, it’s limited by being a straight bar. So I now use either the Woodcut bowl saver, which is superb, or else the McNaughton system, which is also superb, but requires a little more of the user, but is also more adaptable.
I love coring bowls, you save wood, waste, and produce an attractive nested set from one blank of wood. So far so good. And then I found this on YouTube…(It won’t embed so you have to watch it via the link)…
Now this is interesting to turners for obvious reasons…bandsaw envy, rip-saw envy, log envy…a whole list of reasons to be jealous, but it also raises a few questions and points of genuine interest.
Steaming for a few hours and then only a month to dry! And I think we can assume the problem of warping and splitting is minimal otherwise they would surely look to other methods. And what about the base? Flat-cut off! No concave base line in case of later movement. Perhaps they don’t care, but I doubt it. But it does give food for thought.
And as for the lathe and cutters!
And could they claim they were hand-made? I wonder.
I’ll stick to hand turning, but I wouldn’t mind their waste blocks after removing three blanks!
Have a look and see what you think…