So when a bowl blows apart 4 times, 2 catches and 2 ??, and hits me in the face 3 times, I figure it just doesn't want to be a bowl! Frankenbowl was one of the first bowls that blew out on a catch back in January, started in August 2000 by my dad, it was very dry and brittle black acacia. I glued the chunks back in and tried again. I don't think my tool sharpening was so good back then, a tool must have caught a crack I didn't seal up...BAM Into the bench, then my face shield and off to the back of the garage. Used 2 part epoxy and put it all back together and stuck it on the shelf and forgot about until today. Being very careful, keeping tools nice and sharp with a good bur, I had the outside cleaned up pretty good when the wife decided she needed to talk to me right then...concentration broken, back to the lathe, tool moves towards the bowl, BAM! into the bench, into the face shield, off to the back of garage...glue back together, CA a few new cracks, can't find a small piece out of the lip, but ok, back to work. Outside can wait until the inside is cleaned up, it;s getting thinner and thinner, so time and careful scraping continues until the inside is looking good. Daughter comes out, wants to know if I want lunch, do I look like I am hungry? Covered in wood chips and sweat, sharp tools in my hand, lathe and dust collector running, no I am not hungry! LOL. Back to the disaster unfolding in front of me...two passes with a bowl gouge to clean up the CA and blend in the edges of the cracks...BAM, shrapnel in the face shield, but bowl remains turning like a psycho finger eating machine with a large piece blown out again. CA and repeat...BAM shrapnel and bowl to the bench, then into the face shield, and you guessed it, off to the back of the garage. Well, every break was a new break, so my CA and epoxy skills are not in question, but somewhere along the line I found the wrong place to catch an edge on this thing...So I made a pen from brown dyed stab buckeye burl. Time for dinner and some single malt!!!