Kip Christensen’s primer on turning spheres — our AAW feature article this time — offers various challenges for a turning session sometime soon. But why would you want to make a ball in the first place? Well, sphere-turning could be a new artistic outlet, judging by the beautiful examples he presents. Want to make your own bocce set? Here’s a means to that end. I’m going to use this as an opportunity to practice something I don’t do often enough: cutting symmetrical curves. You see, my bowl-turning efforts don’t require me to repeat shapes precisely. Every bowl is a little different from the one before it. If this sounds familiar, turning a sphere is going to demand a lot more finesse from us. We might end up with a poor excuse for a cue ball on the first go-around, but eventually what comes off the lathe will roll correctly. Our hands and eyes will learn to work better together as those curves get closer and closer to a perfect match. Sound fun? I think so. Let’s give it a go!
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal