I finally figured out how to achieve a particular profile I wanted to turn. My wife gave me a beautiful
piece of pottery that I love, the profile of which I have been trying to replicate without much
success. I have turned five hollow forms so far. None of the pieces get the profile right.
I was playing with shadows one evening (don't ask), when it dawned on me that I could make a profile I
wanted with a shadow. I set up the pottery on a riser with a piece of cardboard behind it. I setup a
light and then sketched the profile with a pencil. Once I had the profile, I refined it with a magic
marker and cut it out. It is only the profile plus a little of the top and bottom showing.
Now I can start turning and as I proceed I can hold up the profile and move it closer or farther away from the
piece to match the profile. It doesn't matter how small or big a piece I'm turning because I can use
the perspective close or far to match the size.
I hope this is useful for you. I plan on tracing from the cardboard to 1/4" panels and starting a collection to use in the future.
It will work for me.
Phil can be reached directly via email at
The Highland Woodturner