A small bowl in acacia, turned on the lathe. 5 in x 2.5 in


I had been off the lathe for too long, so wanted to hone my skills a bit.


Popped over to my local Woodcraft and picked up some pre-rounded acacia blanks and brought them home to sit for a week or so. Then finally got the motivation and time to give it a go.


Finally got off my bum and threw one of them on the lathe with a woodworm screw and live center. Big and fast lesson learned immediately: acacia is $^%! hard wood! I nearly gave up after the first attempt. But after a few days, I decided to try again. Slowed the lathe right down, adjusted my carbide roughing gouge and was able to make some progress. I wanted to do a bit more of a shaped profile on this small version as a test before doing a larger one. In the end I'm happy with how it turned out. The wood is beautiful, hearty and has a very unique grain pattern.

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