A Day in the Shed

Written by: Barry Mock

As a novice class prize winner in the Australian Wood Turning Exhibition I was honoured to be offered a “ day in the shed” by Don Kelman. I gratefully accepted and a day was arranged for Sunday the 18th of October.

Piece by Barry Mock. AWTEX 2015 Winner third place – Novice Bowl Over 200mm

Piece by Barry Mock. AWTEX 2015 Winner third place – Novice Bowl Over 200mm

 

Prior to the day Don asked what would I like to know more about. What a question, as novice, like everything ! However, I eventually nominated deep hollowing being a technique I new nothing about, even the trivial stuff like how do you sand the inside when your fingers won’t reach the bottom, let alone how to get the wood out in the first place.

Piece by Donal Kelman. AWTEX 2015 Winner first place – Intermediate Lidded Container

Piece by Donal Kelman. AWTEX 2015 Winner first place – Intermediate Lidded Container

 

The day arrived and I was met by Don and Soren around 9:00 am in Don’s functional, well equipped workshop, even if it may have been lacking a little in glitz and glamour. It was immediately down to work. Don set me up on lathe with a very nice piece of Iron Bark and wanted a slightly flared vessel turned with a mouth about 9 cm diameter and a depth of around 20 cm and then floored me requesting the walls be of uniform thickness right to the bottom of no more than 3 mm thickness. I resisted the urge to laugh and immediately leave and we got down to work.

Easy Wood Tools TC Tipped Hollowing Tool

Easy Wood Tools TC Tipped Hollowing Tool

Easy Wood Tools TC Tipped Hollowing Tool

Easy Wood Tools TC Tipped Hollowing Tool

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Wood Tools TC Tipped Hollowing Tool

Easy Wood
Tipped Hollowing Tool
The Easy Hollower was designed to offer a revolutionary new approach to turning hollow forms. These patended tools allow any skill level to achieve professional results for hollowing work with minimum effort and worry.

 

For the next 5 hours or so, with a very nice lunch thrown in, I was mentored on the techniques of progressive hollowing using a variety of tools as the depth increased.

Woodcut Pro-Master

Woodcut Pro-Mast

Woodcut Pro-Master

Woodcut Pro-Master

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodcut Pro-Master Hollowing Tool Rigidity is a must when hollowing, for vessels deeper then 10" (250mm) slide the 5/8" shaft back up into the handle, the 1-1/8" handle now becomes the shaft, you can then add additional Promaster handles as you go deeper to suit your particular application.

Woodcut Pro-Master
Hollowing Tool
Rigidity is a must when hollowing, for vessels deeper then 10″ (250mm) slide the 5/8″ shaft back up into the handle, the 1-1/8″ handle now becomes the shaft, you can then add additional Promaster handles as you go deeper to suit your particular application.

 

Some of the hardware was impressive, allowing continued control as the unsupported length of tool beyond the tool rest increased at greater depths.

Robert Sorby Deep Hollowing System The RS2000 System is a method of deep vessel hollowing. This flexible system can be used in a number of modes. It is a very safe and effective means of hollowing deep vessels through narrow openings. And it can be used for coning - producing a series of bowls from the same blank with a minimum of waste wood.

Robert Sorby
Deep Hollowing System
The RS2000 System is a method of deep vessel hollowing. This flexible system can be used in a number of modes. It is a very safe and effective means of hollowing deep vessels through narrow openings. And it can be used for coning – producing a series of bowls from the same blank with a minimum of waste wood.

Robert Sorby Deep Hollowing Tool

Robert Sorby Deep Hollowing Tool

Robert Sorby Deep Hollowing Tool

Robert Sorby Deep Hollowing Tool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the fear factor decreased, I realised that with mentoring on technique and a knowledge of and access to the tools required, even a relative beginner like myself could achieve pleasing results and the confidence to attempt something even more demanding in the future. I now even know how to sand the inside of a vessel your fingers won’t reach the bottom of.

Vermec Deep Hollowing Gate System

Vermec Deep Hollowing Gate System

Vermec Deep Hollowing Gate System

Vermec Deep Hollowing Gate System

 

 

 

 

 

Vermec Deep Hollowing System This versitile new tool is made from stainless steel. The removable handle has an easy grip rubber finish and is loaded with lead shot which takes the shocks and gives good balance. The handle is bored to take a 12mm round shaft so that it can be used with any tool with the same size shaft.

Vermec
Deep Hollowing System
This versitile new tool is made from stainless steel. The removable handle has an easy grip rubber finish and is loaded with lead shot which takes the shocks and gives good balance. The handle is bored to take a 12mm round shaft so that it can be used with any tool with the same size shaft.

 

I enjoyed the day immensely and thank Don and Soren for so generously giving their time and freely passing on their hard learned knowledge.

Hamlet Bowl Gouge (Ellsworth Grind)

Hamlet Bowl Gouge (Ellsworth Grind)

Hamlet Bowl Gouge Ellsworth Grind Bowl Gouge for heavy profile cuts or delicate feather cuts. Ellsworth Grind: This deep fluted bowl gouge is made to David Ellsworth specifications sharpened with side grind, offering exceptional versatility in bowl turning. Powerful roughing cuts to delicate shearing cuts, make this tool a favorite for turning bowls.

Hamlet Bowl Gouge
Ellsworth Grind
Bowl Gouge for heavy profile cuts or delicate feather cuts. Ellsworth Grind: This deep fluted bowl gouge is made to David Ellsworth specifications sharpened with side grind, offering exceptional versatility in bowl turning. Powerful roughing cuts to delicate shearing cuts, make this tool a favorite for turning bowls.

 

I now also have a very nice Iron Bark vessel as a memento of the day and a reminder that any one can do it if you get the right help. That is the benefit of belonging to a club like the Eastern Wood Turners, our club.

 

Barry Mock-Iron Bark Vessel

Barry Mock-Iron Bark Vessel

 

 

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