that is beautiful! what kind of wood is it? i reallly love the work holding solution, too. i'd like to hear more about your process. is the bowl shaped completely from a billet using this clamping jig, for instance? or is it used only after the edge/lips of the bowl have been defined?
Thankyou. It is oak. Came from a tree felled April 16. I was going to use the tree for riving to make joined furniture, but it was too twisted. The weather suddenly got hot, so I had to move fast, so used a chainsaw to rough it out, then switched to a flat edge carving adze, then a Karlsson bowl adze. Left it for 12 months to dry out, then put it on the bowl horse for surface treatment with a straight fishtail gouge and Karlsson bowl gouge. The bowl horse is more suited to smaller or rather long and narrow bowls, when using an entirely hand tool process, as I would normally do; large or round bowls need a wider support when swinging a bowl adze, like a bench etc.
Very nice blog. I just returned from a holliday in Devon, even visited Totnes. Lovely town. It would have been fun to have a quick look in your shop. Anyway I subscribed to the blog, because I am interested in this kind of stuff, working on a carved chest at the moment too.
Oh well, maybe next time, you will be welcome. Send me some pics of your chest (email on website), I would be very interested to see them.
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