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A New Bowl is taking Shape

After about 10 hours of labor this 12″ x 22″x 4″ offering bowl is now shaped and ready to begin the needed finish work

After a couple days cutting up a dead and down Oak tree I have the stump to cut up. Now that last 2-3 feet of a log has a very tortured and tough grain. Very difficult to split with a splitting maul. Such tortured wood makes for the kind of bowl making wood that I seek, The cut out of the center of a Big crouch also makes for a beautifully colored and grained chunk of wood and is nearly impossible to split..

The Draw back of using this kind of wood is you never know what you might encounter as you work your way towards the finished bowl. Sometimes great beauty, sometimes junk! and great piles of wood chips and saw dust

The rough cut from the log, in this case a section from the stump
After cutting away the dross and squaring up the block
The bowl is hollowed out using router and chisels to get the general depth and shape.

Then the outer shape is cut and chiseled into shape, As I never know what I might encounter. the finished shape and size is dictated by the sound wood that remains for the bowl.


A pine, bread making bowl or Trencher

Next a pine bowl being created from a half of the butt cut ( stump )of a pine.

Rough semi-shaped bottom of the 14 x 27″ bowl, outside
Top view of the bowl 12″ x 24″, inside dimensions,

Finished bottom shape
Finished top shape

The size and weight of this bowl will make for a fine bread making bowl. Mix and knead the dough in this bowl and let it rest & rise right in the bowl. Is it a bowl or a trencher? Due to it’s width to length my guess Bowl

10 responses to “A New Bowl is taking Shape

  1. p.g.sharrow January 16, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    A new Offering Bowl has emerged from the firewood pile 8-). This post is not yet completed as neither is the bowl. A lot of finish work will be involved. I spent nearly 3 hours sanding, grinding and working on the shaping details. as the wood dries it warps and forms cracks, To reduce that I linseed oiled it…pg

  2. H.R. January 17, 2021 at 2:37 am

    Nice! That bowl is looking good, p.g.

    Don’t forget what I told you about that other fellow who wraps his bowl in plastic to slow the loss of moisture. With linseed oil AND a plastic wrap, maybe you can avoid cracks and splits.

  3. Zeke January 17, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    It’s real gorgeous. So nice to see the stages.

  4. p.g.sharrow January 17, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Zeke! glad to see you around. How is this “New” world treating you? I have several bowls in a semi-completed condition and what do I do? Start some more! I really need to finish rather then start more bowls. At least for a while,

  5. H.R. January 18, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    I mentioned that when I get back to my shop, I’m going to make a shaving horse.

    Here’s just one, but it includes photos of a bowl holding device towards the bottom.

    I’m not going to make any fancy takedown model as shown in this link. I thought I had saved an article on a shave horse with a bowl holder option, but I haven’t been able to find it again.

    Anyhow, the bowl holder shown here will give you some ideas for a holder that might make your work easier.

    https://gregdmiller.blogspot.com/2015/05/combining-shaving-horse-and-bowl.html

  6. p.g.sharrow January 18, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    @HR; thanks for that link, I really need ti come up with a bench and clamp system as so far I just work on the woodlot with anything available to hold and support my work piece. sometimes even the kitchen table.
    My bowl work just sort of evolved as an experiment. As a style based on my brain and the materials available evolved. I should create or acquire better tools. A forge would be a nice addition ! 😎 got to work iron to work wood. I seem to gravitate toward big Symmetrical Offering Bowls, they just look and feel right to me.
    With woods full of trees of mixed varieties and harvesting dead and down for timber and firewood there are plenty of materials to select from but the piece dictates the final size and shape.

  7. H.R. January 19, 2021 at 3:21 am

    Well, p.g., that is one very fancy take-down shaving horse and bowl clamping system. I don’t think I’ll go that crazy.

    The classic ones are made from a split log. There’s lots of video on making those. I don’t have easy access to a good log to split for a split log shave horse.

    Then there are a bunch that are made from 2 x 4s and 2 x 6s or 2 x 8s. That’s probably the way I’ll go. I have most of the material on my lumber rack already. That’s what most of my projects have focused on; making things I want from materials I have accumulated over the years.

    I have leftovers from projects and some materials from projects I did not even start… too busy at work, and then we moved – twice! – and there was no longer any need to do the project. But the materials moved with me and there was always room for them because each house was a little larger.

    The Mrs. keeps telling me to “just throw everything away.” Instead, I am working my way through the materials by making things either just to please myself or useful things, such as a potting bench for her and a cold frame to get a jump start on gardening.

    For some reason, my wife and her mother have little attachment to the past. They get a bee in their bonnet every now and then and just go through the house throwing away or giving away anything they haven’t touched or used in a year or two.

    Me? I still have some of my father’s, grandfather’s, and great-grandfather’s tools and two items my great-grandfather made; a child’s rocker he made for my grandfather and a glass front cabinet they used for the ‘good’ china and such. I’m using it as a book case.

    She calls me a hoarder and pack rat, and when something breaks and I just go to my basement shop and get exactly what is needed for the fix, she’s all happy… until the next time she calls me a hoarder and tells me to get rid of everything. I just ignore it all 😁

  8. p.g.sharrow January 19, 2021 at 10:21 am

    @HR; LOL, I have the same wife I think πŸ˜‰ PG’s junk pile is legendary. I grew up on a farm where make do was the only way. “Waste not want not” wear it out and rebuild it, So good thing I have 20 ac of woods to stash stuff. BUT!! my wife’s stuff stored in my shop and storeroom leaves me so little room I must do my wood work outside!.
    Starting this weekend we are looking at a week of heavy snow and cold. Maybe up to 3 feet! of snow. Last time that happened 20 years ago I was snowed in for a week, no power for 5 days and with no generator, no communications. But that was in early March and it warmed up quickly, This time it is supposed to be cold after the storm.
    This year I have generator, BIG wood pile, lots of food on hand, and communications——-I hope,
    Meanwhile, this week, there is a coup, counter coup going on.
    We live in interesting times.
    Look up above to Aldolfo’s comment and click onto the link he posted for stuff a couple of days old on world goings on…pg

  9. Zeke January 29, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    p.g.sharrow January 17, 2021 at 1:19 pm
    ‘”Hi Zeke! glad to see you around. How is this β€œNew” world treating you?'”

    Ya thanks, PG, you too as always.

    Is that an actual invitation to complain?! I’d be delighted! πŸ˜€

    In the “New” world, some of my family are absolutely giddy about recent events, of course. But I was not mentally prepared for the phone call out of the blue expressing how we can now all get along, find unity, and defeat c19.

    On the other hand, I have all of you and a close circle who saw what happened. And I still have our flock of hens who at least know a coop when they see one.

  10. p.g.sharrow February 1, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    @Zeke, we have each other in our misery……… or We just need to wait for the game to play on.. Trump is still actually the President, The actual Constitutional inauguration is the 4th of March, The Military is still with Trump and they are ready to arrest the traitors that colluded with foreign governments to rig the election count. Trump actually won in all states but New York!
    The count was changed from Italy by way of Spain and Germany using Satellite connections. This is an act of war and Military Intelligence has all the evidence which they will soon present while they have all of Congress locked up in the Capitol Hill fenced and gated compound. that has concertina wire on the INSIDE and the LOCKS on the outside. 😎 Built on orders of the Congress to protect them ! from what? Washington DC is in Military lock down. And to Impeach President Trump they will all gather into the trap.
    Nice guys are the last to finish. Hope you still have lots of Popcorn on hand because the Second act is about to begin…pg

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