December 6, 2011
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A number of finished and semi finished offering bowls.
Offering bowls are created for two handed display or offering and are wonderful for center place display of food or art.
Over several years of trial I have developed a style and technique that suits my needs and the material at hand, massive pieces of solid wood!
This is a view of a cut of a cottonwood or popular log, and a semi finished bowl of the same cut. All green wood. I have the best luck, rough shaping the bowl and then letting it dry out over the winter. By the next winter it is dry enough to finish shaping and then surface finish. Linseed oil is a good sealer to slow the drying so the warpage and cracking is reduced. On the right is a dry semi finished bowel of Oak and my shadow!
A bowl of this size takes me about 50 hours to complete.
This is the back or reversed view of the same pieces. I try to create the bowl as dictated by the log piece rather then try to find a suitable piece of wood to create a preconceived bowl. These bowls were created from a clean straight cut of wood. Generally I take cuts from the stump or a large branching crouch. The more gnarled the grain the better. If it is a piece that you don’t want to have to split and too large for the stove it is perfect for working into a display bowl using my technique. More later as I get better at my posting and my photography. 😎 pg