The Making of a Wood Bowl

How Wooden Bowls Are Made – Step By Step

A local customer brought me two large Black Cherry logs. The tree had been growing on their property for many years. They would like some salad bowls and what ever else made from their old homestead tree. I have one of the logs cut up into 4 sections. These sections will be cut in half, but I will only do one at a time in order to keep the moisture inside the log. No two logs are ever the same; that is why all my handcrafted wood bowls are one-of-a-kind creations. I have already hit 2 good size nails with my chainsaw. I bet there was a tree house up in this tree at one time.

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Once I get the shape I want, the rough turned bowl gets stored away for up to 1 year to allow it to thoroughly dry. The rough bowl is then remounted on the lathe and is turned to the final shape. Many coats of a food grade finish are then applied. Once the finish is dry the wood product then gets a final buff.
None of these cherry bowls are for sale from this tree, but I do normally have a few Black Cherry bowls on sale or on the go in the shop from my own stock of wood. Cherry wood makes some of the nicest looking and the best salad bowls in the world, the grain always looks fantastic and the wood is a durable hardwood.

Visit Us at Knots to Bowls for more handcrafted wood products.

 
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  1. Gigi
    January 18, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    I cant view all the photos because dont have the software on this device but I wanted to write to say how much I LOVE the first image! It looks like a bowl of spaghetti! And the bowl looks absolutey lovely!😊

    • January 18, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      Thank You Gigi, I put the wet shavings right in the bowl when it gets roughed out so it won’t dry too fast.
      It then goe’s in a cardbord box.
      Cheers
      Dan

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