The Making of a Bowl

So you’re thinking about a bowl and would like to know how I make those amazing designs. This article is a step-by-step overview of work done to create one of my bowls.

The first step is to design the bowl. This is what the computer program looks like that we will use to design your bowl.

Bowl Design Program
Bowl Design Program

Once the bowl has been designed wood pieces (segments) are cut out for your bowl.  The device used to cut these segments is called the ‘segmented cutting sled’.

Segment Cutting Sled
Segment Cutting Sled

After the cutting is complete, segments are arranged and glued to form the rough bowl design.  Depending on the style of the bowl the angles may vary greatly.  The rings are then marked for their respective positions in the finished bowl and banded (rubber bands or other banding device) or clamped until the glue has cured.  Clamps are used to hold the layers of the bowl together.

Segment Assembly
Segment Assembly

Using predetermined angles and a variety of gouges and other tools, the bowls are centered and smoothed on the lathe.

Working The Bowl
Working The Bowl

Once the bowl has been turned and all the edges are sanded it will look like this.

After Cutting and Sanding
After Cutting and Sanding

To improve the shine and give the bowl it’s finished appearance, wood worker’s polish is applied.

After Polishing
After Polishing

Check the gallery for more bowl examples.  If you are interested in purchasing a bowl please use the contact us page.

If you would like to make a bowl please use the Contact Us page to reach me so we can setup a class time.

— Mike