I have wanted to learn how to turn wood for a long time. It combines two of my passions: a process that is similar to throwing ceramics on a wheel and woodworking. I bought two pieces of reclaimed heart pine, and the first piece I turned came out looking the best. I started off by cutting the pieces into cylinders on a ban saw to make the centering process easier.
After attaching the wood to the lathe, the first step is to shape the outside of the bowl. Once I carved the outside of the bowl to the shape that I desired, I moved the tool rest to the other side of the bowl so that I could start carving away the inside. It's best to carve from the middle and pull your knife outward (a small knob should be left in the center until the end for support and because that is where the wood is mounted to the faceplate). Once the middle is shaped to an even consistency as the outside of the bowl, it is safe to remove the center. The final step before removing the bowl from the wheel is to sand it.
There was a fairly noticeable crack down the center of the bowl, but I realized that I should highlight the imperfection, rather than letting it bother me. I bought some turquoise stones in the jewelry section of the craft store. I crushed the stones then used Epoxy to inlay the turquoise into the gap. After the it is sealed, I sanded the bowl once more, and sealed the piece with a beeswax finish.
To see how the final product turned out, check it out here.