Satellite Bowl DVD
An all-round Study in Woodturning
by Mick Hanbury RPT

Published by KTMP, UK

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As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 175

The Satellite Bowl is a downturned pedestal with a lid topped with a finial. The making of this piece covers many facets of woodturning including faceplate work, hollowing, texturing, between centres turning (starting the thin finial), beads and coves (finial), piercing and colouring.

Mick begins by turning the blank to round, removing some of the waste from the underside of the bowl, turning the face of the bowl and then turning the underside of the bowl. This is different to the usual procedure of turning the underside first and then finishing by turning the face of the bowl.

The wide rim of the bowl is around 3mm thick. While Mick uses calipers to check his progress, he demonstrates how the change in the shape of the shavings and the sound from the blank are used to gauge the thickness while the lathe is running.

With the face complete, the blank is reversed and the underside of the bowl is turned.

Mick uses a Robert Sorby texturing tool to add texture to the pedestal base. These tools rarely appear in videos so it is interesting to see it in action (and hear the whirring sound!).

The next step is to mount the formed bowl in a vice or on a carver's mount so that the painting work can be done.Mick uses a purpose-made mount that fits the tool rest support on his lathe. After the design is masked off, the centre area is painted with black acrylic.

With the bowl placed to one side, a small blank is mounted on the lathe and turned to form the lid for the bowl. The lid is painted to match the decoration on the bowl.

A drill in a Jacobs chuck fitted to the tailstock is used to drill a hole in the lid to accept the finial. Again, Mick uses sound to guide the drill so that he doesn’t drill all the way through.

The finial blank is roughed down between centres. Mick turns the finial to profile, starting with the point (with teardrop shape) and adding coves and beads as he works along the length of the blank.

Returning to the blackened lid, he uses a carving V-chisel to create radiating lines.

The bowl is remounted on the carving mount and the piercing begins. This is a time-consuming process so unlike the turning where Mick shows the work in real time, he starts the piercing and then 'fast-forwards' to a few different stages to show how the piercing progresses.

To remove the waste in the rim of the bowl, he uses a cutter mounted in a rotary tool (eg. Dremel). The cutter both drills its own entry hole and cuts sideways like a router bit.

After some light sanding and the application of a clear finish, the Satellite Bowl is complete. In the conclusion Mick briefly displays other designs he’s made with the same techniques.

Mick has a laid-back demonstration style which is enjoyable to watch and easy to listen to. The bowl is eye-catching and worth the effort required to make it. In addition, the DVD also has considerable merit as a collection of techniques which can be applied to other projects as desired.

Duration: 195min

DVD - English