So I got a bunch of Hard Maple -- some curly, some funky, and one of the logs was big straight, and clear. I also got an email from a good friend commissioning a piece. No guidelines, just guidance, and a frame of reference. Yay! License to Turn!
So I chainsaw it up into 3 seperate 18 or so inch chunks I split it on the pith, and then take it to the bandsaw to make "mostly rounds" cause that's what they are and trust me at this stage that's plenty good.
So I mount it on the lathe in a chuck and start working on a nice Calabash form.
Even though we are surrounded by these amazingly bountiful resources I core out all of my bowls. It just makes sense, and I rather pick up a bowl blank than a bunch of wood chips.
Now! Now, we can get to the fun stuff. I refine the form on the outside, and start taking away material inside and getting wall thickness down and uniforn. When I'm at about 1/2" I go sharpen tools and take a couple of final passes. I am in the zone and using all senses, the sound, feel, sight, the smell fresh Maple, and Grunge is playing, life is good and this is why I turn.
THE MOST DANGEROUSESS STEP! I turn out the lights and have to walk back to the lathe with the lights out in my well used shop. I didn't trip, I'm OK. Turning out the lights alows me to use a small work light to check wall thickness. Green wood is translucent and glows when cut thin with even wall thickness, and it looks pretty F'n cool.