Danielle Rose Byrd, Dave Fisher, Peter Follansbee , and Amy Umbel are all on my list of those that provide inspiration. They are directly responsible for my initial attempts to make a wooden bowl.
My first attempt was to make a traditional Swedish bowl or bark up bowl. I blame this on Danielle based on her wonderful instagram feed https://www.instagram.com/danielle_rose_byrd/ and Peter’s great video on bowl carving available from Lie Nielsen at https://www.lie-nielsen.com/product/peter-follansbee/hewing-wooden-bowls-streaming?node=4228. I highly recommend taking in person classes from makers, but life and college tuition payments has me finding alternate methods of learning.
A large Maple tree came down on my block and I was able to grab enough to make a carving bench and quite a few bowls, kuksas, and spoons.
With the help of my son, we cut one of the pieces to about 18 inches and split the piece. The result was what I thought was a nice piece of maple 18 inches long, 12 inches wide, and about 6 inches tall after removing the bark.
Along the way I found some punky material along the heartwood, not good. But this isn’t about making a bowl to use, it is about learning. So I continued.
You know how people ask how thin is too thin. This is too thin. But this isn’t about making a bowl to use, it is about learning. So I continued.
I worked the outside of the bowl, I worked the inside of the bowl. I used gouges, a flea market spoke shave, and learned how to use my bench dogs for a new purpose. All of this was done with a smile on my face, and a few choice words when things didn’t quite go as expected, and I learned.
Once it dried, I even attempted to do some finishing cuts inside the bowl and work the outside of the bowl with my spoke shave. I found some very pleasing lines. Then I decided it was time to learn some chip carving and kolrosing.
I’ve done some more bowls since then. They’ve all gotten better with practice; less time taken to get further, and more functional. This is important to me as my priorities are family and work, I think of green wood work as something I learn now so that someday in the future when the time needed for family and work change, I can do more. What more is, is a good question.
Next post will lay the blame solidly on Dave Fisher.
Author’s note, I ”blame” many people for my actions. Nice people might use the term inspire. If I could find a sarcasm font I would use it regularly.