It’s time to think about bottoms. After all, your bowl is going to spend most of it’s life resting on it, and it is an important design consideration. You can even add some fun designs. Folks might even smile when they look at your bottom.
I’ve done a little drawing to express some thoughts on “the bottom line.”
I adjust these guidelines depending on the situation, but one constant is a relatively thin bottom. The long grain on the bottom allows for this, and it can be thinner yet on small bowls. Of course, too thin and you have a strainer, so there is no need to push it. If I plan on carving a design of some sort on the bottom, then I leave a little extra.
The flipped-over cherry bowl in the top photo is my most recently completed bowl. Here it is in profile. I just posted it and another bowl to my website. I made a short YouTube video of carving the leaf design on the bottom. Just enough to get the idea, but really a pretty simple carving.
I didn’t film the rounding over of the outer lobes of the leaves. It is done with just a straight carving chisel to form a convex shape. The inner lobes are concave.