I enjoy making spoons and bowls that are functional, and let the wood decide a good deal of the finished form. I enjoy finding the grain, and maintaining as many of those long fibers as possible. So if I’m making a long bowl, and the log has a twist, it is going to show up … Continue reading The Twisted Bowl
If you have read any of my posts on bowls, you will notice that there is a regular reference to David Fisher. This one is no different in the fact that I once again reference techniques that he has shared. Between his articles in Fine Wood Working magazine, his blog posts, and the information on … Continue reading A fortuitous mistake
I can make a spoon out of wood. It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing spoon, but it transfers food and liquid from a cup or bowl in my mouth and I don’t have any splinters on my tongue. Fairly low bar, but everyone needs to start somewhere, and it has taken me a … Continue reading Chasing knowledge, and a good time
The two most dominant trees on my property were a weeping cherry and a sugar maple. Both of these were important as the weeping cherry was planted soon after we moved into the home over 20 years ago, and while the sugar maple was already planted when we moved in, each fall we were visited … Continue reading I wouldn’t suggest it, but I have plenty of carving wood.
Once I’ve completed the greenwood carving, either a bowl or spoon, I let it sit in a controlled environment for drying. Around here that is a large lidded cardboard box in my basement. The basement has a dehumidifier, so even in the summer the humidity level isn’t likely to fluctuate too much. The same … Continue reading Finishing my greenwood carvings, bowls or spoons
Dave Fisher has a great blog post about creating daily bowls, the kind of bowl you would use for morning cereal or maybe a scoop or two of ice cream. While these are very basic bowls, those that he creates have a level of simple beauty that I only hope to achieve some day. … Continue reading Dave Fisher’s Daily Bowls
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 … Continue reading The Learning Bowl