Monday morning we kicked off the event by assembling a few bowls. Leading the pack were a couple of laminated bowls that were inverse of one another. Bowl one had a blistered maple 12/4 base with a 12-section ring of walnut wedges separated with 3/16″-thick maple inserts. Bowl two was a walnut base and a ring of tiger maple wedges separated with walnut inserts.
On the lathe, the bowls were turned to an ogee design and sanded. (A New Wave bowl sanding kit sure knocks out the inside bottoms with ease.) Inside lips and outside surfaces were smoothed using Abranet. You cannot beat it for sanding at your lathe.
The maple-based bowl was finished using Myland’s Cellulose Sanding Sealer with a coating of paste wax on top. The walnut-based bowl was coated with mineral oil, which soaked into the wood highlighting the tiger maple stripe. A coating of Howard’s Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish & Conditioner was then applied. Of the two finishes, I was partial to the sealer and wax, but my friend likes the oil treatment best.