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Excitement was high at last November's American Woodworker Show~ in Fort Washington, PA (near Philadelphia), as our gigantic Sitka sprucc bowl ncarcd completion. The 7-ft., 9^-in.-dia. vessel is the largest bowl ever turned on a lathe.

Hundreds of woodworking enthusiasts cheered as the bowl finally came off the lathe and rested on the floor on the last day of the show. Shortly afterward, AMERICAN WOODWORKER applied to The Guinness Book of World Records to secure official recognition for the world's largest turned bowl. Guinness is currently in the process of verifying the record.

Renowned British turner Stuart Mortimer turned the bowl on a Multico/Tyme Highlander lathe at speeds of less than 25 rpm.

Thumbs up. Mortimer signals triumph after removing the tenon stub from the world's largest bowl (above). Four people caught the bowl as it came off the lathe. It was lighter than expected—about 250 to 300 lbs. (right).

Before his 14th birthday, Adam Decker had built several impressive furniture projects and remodeled his workshop, making room for new tools purchased with money he had earned. (See photo, left.)

Adam's parents, Lee and Beth Ann Decker of northern Ohio, nourished Adam's interest in woodworking and fostered his sense of responsibility, confidence, and concern for safety. Here's some of their best advice for encouraging a young woodworker:

•Don't underestimate kids' abilities or limit their expectations. They often develop talents and skills beyond what you might expect. •Let them make mistakes. 44 Lessons learned by trial and error arc the strongest ones, and unsolicited advice isn't always appreciated. They'll ask for guidance when they need it. Telling them that they're doing something the wrong way can sometimes be discouraging." •Safety first« Kids should use power tools only when a parent is nearby.

IT'S AMAZING WHAT A KID CAN DO

A place of his own. Adam Decker, 13, converted an old chicken coop into a workshop.

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