Dyed, Diet Bowl – aka Experimental Whoops

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With all the ideas from the Utah Woodturning Symposium, it’s time to implement some of them with this project.

The wood is the remaining pine slab from a previous project. However, it has a crack where the rim would be and several knots. Why not try to fill the cracks with lead free solder? And, why not try some color blending to liven up the top sided. And why not an oversized rim to emphasize the color.

Well, my soldering abilities were sorely tested by the cracks. But the color turned out nicely despite having to waste off that beautiful wide rim.

The biggest downer was tooling through the foot. It would have to be the very last phase of the project. I did not want a funnel. But my wife sees it differently. To her, it is a dyed, diet bowl. It effortlessly limits how much you put in it.

8 Responses to “Dyed, Diet Bowl – aka Experimental Whoops”

  1. Mark Bolinger says:

    Hi Alan,

    I’m a fan, and have been following your videos since I started turning.

    Question. During your videos, you often put a link to something else. I generally ignore it, as I usually want to finish watching the video. Then, I have a difficult time to find the link again. Could you also post these links on your website?


  2. Larry Becker says:

    Segmented turners deal with this almost every day Cut a medallion with your signature to fit, sand and finish.

  3. Ray Medeiros says:

    This is quite odd. The most recent issue of American Woodturner has an article about this very thing. After reading it, the same thing happened to me! I have a couple of pictures of the “diet” bowl and what I did to make it “unholy”. Let me know how I can send them along to you.

  4. Mike says:

    I have never seen a bowl with a hole in the bottom that was “made whole” with a plug. It looks like what it was – a bowl with a hole in it that was repaired. I don’t think it would sell and I would not feel right about giving it away with my name on it. When it happens in a workshop with a student, I discourage them from wasting their time trying to fix but learn from their mistakes and move to the next piece. I don’t waste time trying to repair something seriously damaged. I make a distinction between something that involves a “design opportunity”. Often, a repair takes more effort than went into the original piece. Just my 2 cents worth. YMMV.

    Mike Peace Woodturning

    • Alan says:

      Well said. All that I can say for myself is that sometimes I just have to try. Yes, it takes too long. Yes, it rarely blends with the project.
      But, maybe, just maybe, I’ll stumble on something that could be fantastic. Long odds but maybe I enjoy tilting at windmills. :)