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    Getting hold of a nice piece of wood isn't always easy so it can be very saddening to see most of it ending up as a pile of woodshavings when turning a bowl. Fortunately there are some special techniques and tools to help address this which can give pleaseinbg results.
    These two Ash bowls are made from the same piece of the wood the smaller one being the centre of the larger one.
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    Pat Murphy


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  • #2
    Lovely wood Pat. Nice if you have the gear to get two for one. Kelton?

    Pete
    "Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art" ... Leonardo Da Vinci
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    • #3
      Pete these were done with the bowlsaver from Phil Irons (noticed Axminster are now the seller for these) but have also used heavy duty parting tool eg for these Yew bowls
      Pat Murphy


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      • #4
        Hi Pat.

        Wood (pun intended), be grateful for your review of the Woodcut bowl saver. Have considered one of these for a while, but it's quite a few shekels to throw out when I've never even seen one in the flesh. Have been perusing the other savers as well as the Woodcut, but again never had the chance to use one.

        Nice bowls, nice to see two, rather than 90% lying on the floor.
        regards

        Tam "now a hobby woodturner"


        There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. (John Ruskin 1819-1900)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TePe View Post
          Hi Pat.

          Wood (pun intended), be grateful for your review of the Woodcut bowl saver. Have considered one of these for a while, but it's quite a few shekels to throw out when I've never even seen one in the flesh. Have been perusing the other savers as well as the Woodcut, but again never had the chance to use one.

          Nice bowls, nice to see two, rather than 90% lying on the floor.
          Tam, I have been fortunate to have used both the Kelton and the Woodcut and have to say that the Woodcut is far easier to use, more consistent but is less flexible. With the Woodcut there are 2 blades so you are limited to the radius of these for the cores to be removed. However, once the tool is set up for the blank it is easy to remove the core without too much effort ( the blade is on a set arm supported by the tailstock so you only have to move the handle)
          With the Kelton you have a choice of 4 cutters and the path is controlled by the operator. This means that you have a lot more control over the shape and size of the core removed but seems to take a lot more grunt to use, both lathe wise and physical wise.
          I was fortunate that our local RPT could show the tools being used and I saw them demonstrated at shows too.

          As you say these tools are not cheap and I can see that they have gone up rather a lot since I was looking at them. I have to admit that I haven't used mine a great deal (don't get lots of pieces of wood the size to use it on) but invaluable when you do need it. I am about to finish off a couple of sets of nests of 3 bowls one of which was from a beautiful piece of Almond/Cherry. Without the tool a lot of the lovely blank would be in shavings but with the tool I am hoping that I have a set of three matching items that will command a premium.

          Hope that helps a little
          Pat Murphy


          http://www.gladturnings.co.uk
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          • #6
            I like the look of them very much!
            Annie and Lyn
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            • #7
              Originally posted by rosiepinkStudio View Post
              I like the look of them very much!
              Annie and Lynne glad you like them.
              Pat Murphy


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              • #8
                Originally posted by woodturningpat View Post
                Tam, I have been fortunate to have used both the Kelton and the Woodcut and have to say that the Woodcut is far easier to use, more consistent but is less flexible. With the Woodcut there are 2 blades so you are limited to the radius of these for the cores to be removed. However, once the tool is set up for the blank it is easy to remove the core without too much effort ( the blade is on a set arm supported by the tailstock so you only have to move the handle)
                With the Kelton you have a choice of 4 cutters and the path is controlled by the operator. This means that you have a lot more control over the shape and size of the core removed but seems to take a lot more grunt to use, both lathe wise and physical wise.
                I was fortunate that our local RPT could show the tools being used and I saw them demonstrated at shows too.

                As you say these tools are not cheap and I can see that they have gone up rather a lot since I was looking at them. I have to admit that I haven't used mine a great deal (don't get lots of pieces of wood the size to use it on) but invaluable when you do need it. I am about to finish off a couple of sets of nests of 3 bowls one of which was from a beautiful piece of Almond/Cherry. Without the tool a lot of the lovely blank would be in shavings but with the tool I am hoping that I have a set of three matching items that will command a premium.

                Hope that helps a little
                Thanks for that Pat, the most I've seen of these is on video's, and as you say the Kelton does look a bit more brutal than the Woodcut. I also agree the other problem with these is getting the blank size to be able to use them.

                Many thanks for the review.
                regards

                Tam "now a hobby woodturner"


                There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. (John Ruskin 1819-1900)

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                • #9
                  How resourceful of you to get both the bowls out of your piece of wood! They doo look really nice too!
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