How the Bowls are Made

The Story

  1. Upon arrival at my shop, unsplit apple logs are immediately coated twice with endgrain sealer and stored, out of the sunlight and wind, on a bed of riverstones.
  2. Electric chainsaws and grinders with various attachments are used to remove waste, until roughly the final bowl thickness is attained.
  3. Over several months the bowl is carefully dried to below 14% humidity, when the final shaping and sanding, through 10 different grit sizes, can begin. (See Video).
  4. Between the fine shaping and sanding stages defects in the wood are repaired with epoxy resin, with or without fillers, but always with a dash of colour in the mix.
  5. After final sanding the bowl is finished with 3 coats of Walnut Oil.