Hollow Forms are wood turned pieces where the inside is removed. Part of the definition is that the opening of the vessel is very small, often requiring blind access to the inside with your tools.
Specialized tools and techniques are required to be able to core the inside of the wood through such a small hole and to not damage the rim or go through the side of the vessel.
Many of the shapes resemble forms that you would see in pottery or other jar shapes. And of course, your imagination works here too!
|Natural Edge Hollow Vessels|
By: Paul Ross
Turning a natural edge hollow form is no different than turning an even rimmed hollow vessel - all the same rules apply. You use the same techniques when cutting out the inside of the bowl, but instead of having a continuous rim, you have a broken rim. Paul shows us how he turns one on his lathe.
|Peek Into Hollow Turning|
By: Brian Simmons
In this tutorial, Brian explains how to turn hollow forms with hand tools. He explains the tools necessary, the steps to follow and how to measure the wall thickness. Brian's information will help you to be successful in making hollow forms.
|Turning a Mini Hollow Form|
By: Keith Zimmerman
In this photo tutorial, Keith shows us his process for turning a miniature hollow form which stands only about 2.5" tall. Spoiler Alert: He follows all the same steps that you would for a full-sized hollow form but uses a small piece of wood and smaller tools. Check it out since you could do this yourself.
|Offset Hollow Vessel|
By: Drue Hogland
In this short tutorial, Drue explains how he uses two different centers to create a wonderfully different shaped hollow form with an offset opening. This is another one of those head scratches for non-turners.
|The Two Piece Hollow Form |
By: Brian McEvoy
Please understand this lesson in most cases does not show the actual tool position for making the cuts. You must be able to turn two very similar shallow bowls to be successful. How you achieve this is not important. There are many methods and tools used when turning one piece hollow forms. I have tried most, with some degree of success.
|Thick Walled Two Piece Hollow Forms |
By: Brian McEvoy
In this tutorial, Brian explains how he makes his thin walled two piece hollow forms. This technique has become very popular was a way to turn hollow forms without having to hollow through the neck of the vessel. Once you learn this technique, you'll be able to create all kinds of shapes and forms.
|Really! Making hollow forms without hollowing tools |
By: Al Miotke
I am often asked how I get such a nice looking finish on the inside of my segmented hollow forms. Others want to know what type of hollowing tools I use. There are also forms that appear to be impossible to hollow. So how is it accomplished? The answer to all these questions is a result of not using any hollowing tools on these segmented designs. If you are not familiar with how that is done, this article is for you. I will explain the process I use to turn a hollow form in two parts. We’ll discuss how to make sure the final product has good form, and how to accurately align the pieces for final attachment. Although this article focuses on a segmented design, this same basic process can be used with solid wood turning. I will cover a few of the differences at the end of the article.
|Square to Round Bowls, Vases and Hollow Vessels|
By: Rudolph Lopez
In this tutorial, Rudy shows us how to cut a tall vase turning blank on the band saw. Rudy provides drawings of cuts for bowls, vases and hollow vessels.
After mounting between his turning blank between centers, Rudy shows us how to turn the outside shape making sure to take into consideration how he'll remount the piece for inside turning. Rudy ends this excellent tutorial by explaining how to reverse turn the piece to clean up the foot.
|Making a Split Bowl|
By: Alan Carter
Split bowl turnings are an interesting and creative alternative to regular bowl turning. By cutting a traditional turning in two and joining the 2 halves together, you can create a unique distinctive work that will stand apart.
Alan provides step-by-step instructions with photos on how to make this split bowl turning. The final turning is amazing!
|How to make a Collar for your Hollow Forms|
By: Tom Young
Tom Young provides an excellent tutorial on how to make a collar to fit your turned hollow forms.
|Natural Edge, Lidded Hollow Form|
By: Dwight Bullock
In this demonstration handout, Dwight walks us through all the steps to make a stunning natural edge hollow form. He also includes an excellent description of how he turns his finals and shows a wide range of shapes that you could use.
|Two Piece Hollow Form|
By: Brian McEvoy and Gordon Langer
In this photo tutorial, Brian McEvoy shows us how he makes a two-piece hollow form. It looks a lot like a "space ship" and is a very nice form.
By making his hollow form with two pieces, Brian avoids the need for specialized tools and having a hollowing tool that overhangs the tool rest by many inches. So, in general this method may be considered safer and at least, easier for beginners.
People will turning experience in platters, plates or bowls should have the majority of skills to make this type of hollow form.
|Making a hollow sphere|
By: Keith Larrett
In this photo tutorial, Keith shows us how he turns a hollow sphere. Now it's one thing to turn a sphere but turning a hollow sphere is a completely different task! He does a wonderful job of showing what it takes to accomplish this task and provides excellent pictures to explain the process.
Using Keith's instructions, you should be able to tackle this job and end up with a beautiful result!
|Start to Finsh - Cherry Burl Vessel|
By: Peter Asselyn
In this photo tutorial, Peter mounts one coarse looking burl with branches and all on his lathe. He shows how he turns it to shape and then shows a couple of shots of his captured hollowing tool. He ultimately hollows it all out and shows us how he jamb chucks it to finish the bottom. He ebonizes the burl as the final step.
|Making a Hollow Form|
By: Joe Traynham
In this photo tutorial, you can see all the steps required to make a hollow vessel. It covers mounting the wood on the lathe, the process of hollowing out the vessels and the finishing process.
|Turning Hollow Vessels|
By: Howard Lewin
In this fine project, Howard shows how he approaches the task of hollow turning. He shows the different types of tools that can be used and how they are used inside the vessel. He then walks you through the process giving a great overview.
|Turning Southwest Hollow Forms|
By: Al Hockenbery
In this project, Al explains how he makes hollow forms. He shows a couple of photo's of the key steps along the way!
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