Spinning Bowls

Timothy Dyck Uncategorized 0 Comments

As a creative person, your mind is always on the scan for gathering information from your surroundings and then taking this information and formulating it into ideas and concepts. Some ideas only progress a little and are soon discovered to be a brain rabbit trail. Others tumble around and get pushed to the back burner or get lost. Until one day, something demanding comes along and your brain quickly pulls this long, almost forgotten idea out of the back! That’s exactly what happened with our current project on the go!

Years and years ago when I was just starting out into this whole blacksmithing thing, I was at a craft show where there was a glass blower giving live demonstrations. He was making a glass plate using centrifugal force to spread the glass into the plate. The idea stuck with me, using a semi-molten material and centrifugal force to make your work. I was fascinated, except I didn’t want to make it out of glass I wanted to make it out of steel!

With lots of trial and error, we are now doing that exact same principal but instead of making plates, we are making bowls. The shape and forms created in this way are next to none! We spin the bowl at 200 rpm and apply marginal force to the outside of the bowl and it is sculpted into shape much like a potter spinning clay. This leaves a rich texture on the back side of the bowl along with a simply beautiful smooth texture on the inside! A lesson on never throw away those old ideas, because you just never know!

Spinning 200 rpm

Spinning 200 rpm

Finished spun bowl

Finished spun bowl

 

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