Turning Bowls with
Richard Raffan




turning bowls door Richard Raffan

Turning Bowls:

Richard Raffan, who lives in Australia, is a well-known teacher and writer with a long list of Taunton Press turning titles to his credit.

Here is everything you need to know to succeed at the contemporary art of turning a wooden bowl, from selecting tools and wood, designing your bowl in terms of the wood you have, and step-by-step shaping and finishing the wood.

We also carry the companion DVD, or this book as part of a set of Raffin's three classic works, Richard Raffan's Turning Guide.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

INTRODUCTION

TURNING BOWLS: AN OVERVIEW
Attitude
Weight and Balance
Curves
As Work Proceeds
Basic Tool Handling
Practice
Support and Advice

TOOLS FOR TURNING BOWLS
Lathes
Choosing a Lathe
Equipment for Health and Safety
Fixings: Chucks, Faceplates, and Drives
Tools
Sharpening
Saws
Ancillary Tools

WOOD AND BOWL BLANKS
Wood
Converting Logs, Boards, and Burls into Blanks
Seasoning
Rough-Turning

ROUGH-TURNING THE PROFILE
Fixing a Blank on the Lathe
Roughing the Profile
Preparation for Hollowing

ROUGH-HOLLOWING
Remounting the Bowl for Hollowing
Hollowing
Saving the Center: Bowl-Coring Techniques

COMPLETING THE PROFILE
Remounting Roughed-Out Bowls
Truing the Profile
Final Decisions Concerning the Profile
Completing the Base
Completing the Profile
Scrapers and Shear-Scraping
Working the Angles
Final Inspection

COMPLETING THE INSIDE
Remounting the Bowl and Truing the Form
Initial Cuts and the Rim
Cutting the Midsection Wall
Across the Bottom
Scrapers inside Bowls
Green-Turned Bowls

COMPLETING THE BASE
Jam Chucks
Rechucking between Centers
Mechanical Chucks
Vacuum Chucks
Finally

SANDING AND FINISHING
Abrasives
Hand-Sanding
Power-Sanding
Rotary-Sanding
Oil-and-Wax Finishes

DECORATION AND SURFACE
Beads and Grooves
Rims
Texture
Color
Holes, Bark Inclusions, and Recut Forms

Afterword: Design, Form, Balance, and the Marketplace

Index