Ringmaster Bowl

My wife signed me up to donate something for a fundraiser raffle so I decided to do a "quick" Ringmaster bowl.  This is a design that I have made before with other wood types.  I really like the way the wedges show up once the rings are glued together.  The woods are black walnut, hard maple and black cherry wedges.  Finished with General Finishes salad bowl finish.  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.


The chatoyance looks like that will fire up at any angle. Cross wedges are a neat looking feature.

I'm wondering though, how well does an anvil stand do in a raffle? 🤠
nice one !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Looks good, Nathan!

Regarding projects for charity, I find if I get far enough behind on the honey-do projects, no projects for other people get added to my list.

May you have the day you deserve!

Outstanding Lazyman!!!  GREAT work....


Looks great!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

That's a nice one Nathan.

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

Looks like another winner! We enjoy ours.
Very nice, that's really cool.  I'm slowly working my way up to something like that some day.  Maybe lol


Nothing major against you crazy bowl makers, however, I can see merit in using the ringmaster (had to Google it and watch a video) and not wasting all that precious timber in traditional bowl turning. 

What was your secret for hiding the initial spindle hole?

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

LBD, normally with the Ringmaster you mount the board by drilling a 1/2" hole in the center and you have to plug the hole when you are done.  I really hate that so the last two bowls I have made this way I used a glue block to mount it on the lathe so that I do not have a big belly button staring at me in the bottom.    You can see the glue block still attached on the 2nd picture.  I just use a hot glue gun to attach it.  It holds so well it can actually be a little bit of a PITA getting the glue block off.  Using a little denatured alcohol to soften the wood helps but on this one I didn't want to risk that messing up the the finish that I had already applied on the sides of the bowl. 

EDIT to add:  I use a tap that matches my spindle threads to mount the glue block on the lathe. 

BTW, here is a good video for a technique and jig for cutting bowls from a board without buying a Ringmaster. 

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.