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Old 09-28-2014, 11:44 PM
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Been encouraged to share the little project I learnt to do while at the metal shapers gathering to hopefully lead to others doing the same.


Thought I would have a go at making a bowl from some scrap steep sheet. Started by roughing it out on the stump with a hollow curved in it. Did not hammer near the edge as that needs to be shrunk and not stretched like the middle.


I have the same English Wheel as this at home so used this one to start the smoothing out process. I had not used my own for more than an hour before this weekend so was looking forward to see what I could do with it.


I was pretty slow as first concentrating on wheeling through the middle on each pass.


My tracking paths were getting better the longer I worked on it.


Went back to blocking some more but thought I would add more shape away from the middle so I didn't just end up with a cone shape.


Practiced some radial wheeling which was like starting over again, but good to learn.


Started getting the hang of the wheeling on the side but still much harder than straight lines.


To blend the bottom into the sides I went back to going from the center and out to the edge.


My wife holding the bowl to see what I had been up to while she had been away walking around the lake and shops with Kuma our Akita in near by Ballarat.


Thought I would dress the edge up a bit and learn how to use a bead roller.





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The other piece I did on the first day so I could see what it was like to wheel with some inner tube over the top wheel and also reverse the direction to get an S shape. Ran it through the bead roller to see what a small step would come out like and also use a tipping wheel on a curve to tip a flange. Tipped the bottom flange as well and used the shrinker stretcher to help keep the shape while doing so.


I have not touched the surface at all with a file or sand paper, apart from the cut edge, and the finish is just from the wheeling.
Was a great meet and gained a lot of experience and made a lot of new friends. Well worth attending if you should ever get the opportunity.
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Marcus, looks like you've made a hub cap! Sounds like you had a good time and learned a bit in the process..
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Old 09-30-2014, 12:43 AM
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Marcus, looks like you've made a hub cap! Sounds like you had a good time and learned a bit in the process..
It was a great experience.
Think the men see it as a hub cap and the ladies as a salad bowl.
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:30 AM
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Hi Marcus

You've done a great job on the bowl !

It was great to watch your persistence and determination over the week end

Congratulations on a job welldone. It has turned out beautifully

Please post more photos of your work as it inspires others

And thank you for helping Mary with the lunch on Saturday - She really appreciated it.

Cheers John ( Awol johnny, Virgil)
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:22 AM
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Marcus, you turned a piece a sheet that looked like a walnut shell and transformed it something beautiful, Salad Bowl, Hubcap or Man Hole Cover it doesn't matter. The skill to create something like that is pretty awesome.
I must admit it was tiring watching you wheel that baby as smooth as it's bottom .............."But Hey"!, Look who can now achieve bigger and better things.
The imagination is unlimited. Nice piece of work, as well as the 1st piece you were working on.

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Old 10-04-2014, 03:58 AM
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Thank you John's.

Was great meeting you both and hope to again one day meet again. Been busy looking at the threads already posted on here in the automotive section, but with 27 pages of threads, might take a while. Looks like there is plenty of inspiration there already.
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I'm interested in your thoughts on the "hafco" English wheel what was the comparison like to the cast iron wheel ? Looking at the photos both were in use at the metal meet
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Old 10-07-2014, 01:34 AM
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I tried both but for me, with my short time on either, I could only feel the cast one roll a bit easier. I was surprised how much the cast one flexed actually too though, and could not tell the difference that way. Some one with more experience might, but quite a few there used both and decided that the much cheaper hafco one was a much better buy and was not even worth making their own for a hobby situation.
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Marcus, thats one mighty wok you have made.
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:27 AM
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Marcus, thats one mighty wok you have made.
Thanks Raymond. It has been relegated to the top of the shop press and holds the towels I use to wipe the lanolin on to the bare steel to stop it rusting.
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