Turned Wooden Bowls

Turning wooden bowls has been practiced for thousands of years. It originated with simple tools being used to make utility bowls for food storage and preparation. Since then the equipment available for woodturning may have improved but the basic principles are still the same.
A simple turned wooden bowl shows off the beauty of the wood and always seems a natural use for a natural material. The flowing curves give a simple elegance that echoes the characteristics of the wood and makes good use of what nature gave us.
Each wooden bowl shown here has been turned and finished by hand and each one is unique. Some bowls are turned to be thin and delicate and others are thicker and more robust. The characteristics of the wood are used to define the form of the turned bowl.

Some of the turned wooden bowls are made from spalted timber. The term "spalted" is a term which describes wood affected by the natural process of fungal attack. If caught at the right stage, the fungal attack leaves striking colours and lines without significantly degrading the structure of the wood. Once the moisture content in the wood has been reduced to levels found in a normal indoor household environment, the fungus is no longer able to survive and the process is halted. Spalted timber is often used for woodturning because of the enhanced appearance of the wood.
Brown oak is also caused by fungus. In this case, the beefsteak fungus (fistulina hepatica) is the culprit. The fungus lives on the outside of the oak tree and feeds from the sapwood. The fungus passes its waste products back into the tree and this reacts with the tannin in the wood to produce the rich brown colour sought after by many woodturners.

Click on any picture for a larger image. Sizes are in inches - width followed by overall height.

Bowls
Masur birch bowl Brown oak bowl Brown oak bowl Tasmanian blackwood bowl Yew bowl
Masur birch bowl
4x2
Brown oak bowl
7x4
Brown oak bowl
6x4
Tasmanian blackwood
5x2
Yew bowl
12x5
Natural edge turned wood laburnum bowl Turned natural edge masur birch bowl Spalted ash natural edge bowl gonco alves bowl spalted apple wood bowl
Natural edge laburnum
6x3
Natural edge masur birch
5x3
Spalted ash with natural edge
7x5
Gonco alves
6x3
Spalted apple wood
7x4
Walnut natural edge bowl Masur birch bowl Imbuya bowl Turned wellingtonia bowl Laburnum bowl
Walnut natural edge bowl
10x10
Masur birch bowl
6x2
Imbuya shallow bowl
8x2
Wellingtonia
8x3.5
Laburnum bowl
5x2
Pau rosa turned bowl rippled ash bowl Turned wooden bowl made from purpleheart Beech bowl Textured spalted beech bowl
Pau Rosa
8x3
Ripple figured ash bowl
5x3.5
Purpleheart
4.5x2
Beech bowl
12x4
Textured spalted beech bowl
10x3
London plane bowl cedar wood bowl Masur birch natural edge footed bowl Spalted london plane bowl Turned wooden padauk bowl
London plane
6x2
Cedar
6x4
Masur birch natural edge footed bowl
10x8
Spalted london plane bowl
12x6
Padauk
7x3

Some of the turned wooden bowls here are intended to be purely decorative but some may be used as fruit bowls or salad bowls. Please check before you buy if you are intending to use the bowl for food.
Woodturning finishes used are either wax or oil based. A wax finish is suitable for either decorative use or as a fruit bowl but will not withstand washing. A food safe oil based finish (made from natural plant extracts) is suitable for use as a salad bowl, fruit bowl or purely decorative and will withstand washing but it is not advisable to leave a wooden bowl immersed in water for any length of time.

The natural edge turned wooden bowls are made by leaving the edge of the trunk, either with or without bark, as the edge of the bowl. Turning wooden bowls like these is a little more difficult but the finished result makes the extra effort worthwhile.

Turned wooden bowls can be made to order in a wood of your choice. Please enquire for prices and availability.
Alternatively, check the woodturning gallery page or woodturning store for turned wood bowls in stock.



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