Member Turning School with Frank Bowers
May 17, 2008
Nine CWT members gathered at Baxter's shop on Saturday, May 17, 2008 for almost a full day of woodturning under the direction of Frank Bowers. Frank's curriculum covered bowl turning.
Beginning at 9:30 am the group watched Frank demonstrate how to turn a green bowl using an 8" diameter green (wet) cherry blank that he had provided.
Frank gave short course on sharpening and then explained how to turn first the outside, then the inside leaving the bowl about an 1" thick and further provided information on how to let the bowl dry to be turned later to final dimensions.
He then went through the same procedure with a dry blank about the same size. Frank had provided red ash and ambrosia maple for the dry bowls.
The group then turned a wet bowl on our new Jet Lathes, followed by a dry bowl.
After our sack lunch Frank took a dry bowl that had been sanded to 400 grit and brought up a shine with the Beall buffing system that is magical if you have never seen it demonstrated.
The group, in addition to Frank consisted of Clint Daniel, Don Griffiths and Bob Black as helpers and Bill Jackson, Paul and Annette Proffitt, Ryan Gipson and Ron Norris.
by Bob Black
My wife, Annette, and I completely enjoyed spending our day with Frank, Clint, Don and Bob. While I am fortunate to enjoy Annette's constant companionship at most woodworking events, this was her first time actually turning. She had a wonderful time and very much appreciated Frank's direction and the patient assistance from everyone else in the group. While I've turned a number of things, I still learned a lot from Frank. This was the first time I've used the Beale buffing system. I was pleasantly surprised to learn how much I've missed by not having one.
Thanks to all at Chattahoochee Woodturners for this learning opportunity. Thanks especially to Frank Bowers for sharing his knowledge and experience. And, many thanks to Bob Black for his coordination of the event and to Clint and Don for their assistance and willingness to help.