Hollow Turning

A beautiful vessel with the inside hollowed out is a marvel to someone who has never seen one before and an enjoyable challenge for the turner.


Frugal Camera Hollowing Rig Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Tom Schneider
By: Tom Schneider
Why Frugal? There are commercially available systems from several sources that provide a turn-key solution to enabling a camera to be used to help with hollowing. This author wishes to take nothing away from these incredible artists and craftsmen. They are pioneers.  However, there is also something to be said for building something yourself and on a budget.This article aims to provide just one method to allow a home-brew implementation of using a camera to aid in hollowing.


Easy to Build Hollower Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Paul Rohrbacher
By: Paul Rohrbacher
In this article, I show you how to make a hollowing cutter that will fit into most hollowing systems. This hook cutter has been used for ages and will work well for you too!


Finial Demonstration
By: Matt Harber
In this article, Matt goes over the 7 steps that he uses to turn finials. He also provides some additional resources but the best thing that I like is all the photo examples of finials that help inspire me when I go to turn my next finial.


Spiral Carving
By: Jim Scarsella, Alfred Schembri, Vince Hellmann, Craig Drozd, Paul Neuburger, Jack Parmenter, and R
This is an excellent article which explains how to layout and carve spirals on a hollow form turning. There are great photos to help make it easier to follow along and understand the process.


Reverse Turning - The Dale Nish Way
By: Robert Harper
In this photo tutorial, Robert shows us how to create a turned hollow form using the Dale Nish method. This method consists of shaping the outside and then cutting off the bottom of the vessel to provide a large opening for hollowing. Once the vessel is hollowed, then you can re-attach the bottom and embellish the resulting glue joint to make it less visible. It's an excellent hollowing technique and Robert does a great job at explaining it.


Hollowing Techniques
By: Mark Mazzo
Mark provides an excellent beginner's guide to hollowing. He shows the tools, explains the process and an overall approach to hollowing. This is a great place for all new turners to understand how to create turned hollow forms.


By: Tom Hintz
In this excellent review, Tom talks about the Termite End Grain Hollowing Tool. He show what it is, how to use it, and how to sharpen it. It's a great review if you would like to learn more about an excellent way to cut end grain for your hollowing.


Hollow Form Collar
By: Tom Young
Tom Young provides an excellent tutorial on how to make a collar to fit your turned hollow forms.


Hollow Turning Tips
By: Lyle Jamieson
In this detailed article, Lyle shows us different ways to turn hollow vessels with the goal of reducing that evil vibration. If you do any hollow turning, this article will provide a series of tips to help you improve!


Modifications to your Laser Setup
By: Alan Zenreich
In this photo tutorial, Alan shows us how he modified his laser guide for this Monster hollowing tool so that it was better suited for the small turnings that we was preparing to do. You may not plan to do the same thing but can learn from Alan's exercise different ways that may work for you!


Making a thin wall vessel by hollowing using a LED light source
By: Ian Salisbury
In this article, Ian explains the forces on turning wood as we hollow vessels. He goes on to describe an effective way to hollow using light. Then he explains how he mounted a LED light to his preferred hollowing tool and provides a detailed drawing of a custom fixture that he made to hold his LED light.

Ian's detail, in both the explanation and in his drawing make it easy to you to either duplicate the fixture or to modify it to fit your tool of choice.


Make your own Laser Guide for Hollow Turning
By: Ian Salisbury
In this wonderful photo tutorial, Ian shows us how to make a laser guide to attach to your hollow turning tools. It's a very inexpensive project to make and will significantly increase your ability to hollow out your turnings while knowing the exact thickness of them.

We encourage you to check out the article and consider building at least one of these laser guides for your hollow turning tools.


Make your own Carbide Tipped Hollowing Tool
By: Bill Nosie
In this photo tutorial, Bill shows us how he makes his own hollowing tools using carbide cutters. And since he makes them for about $11 each, this might be something for you to check out!


Making a Basic Hook Tool
By: Alan lacer
Alan shows how to make your own hook tool, with drawings and photos.


Make Your Own Hollowing Rig
By: Sy Plonsky
In this article, Sy explains the components of a hollowing system and then provides a materials list and dimensional drawings so you can make your own.


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