My latest bowl, this boat-inspired piece, came from a Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima) tree that grew a couple miles from my home. In the photo, it is riding on waves of walnut bark on the wood stack. I’ve got more photos, including some of the process, below.
The carved flutes terminate beneath the volutes.
16 3/4 inches long, 8 inches wide, and 4 1/2 inches high; a foot shorter than my most recent big walnut bowl, but it can still hold its own.
This chestnut tree had a lovely dark growth ring that stands out. Counting back the rings on the log, it was 1992. Weather historians?
I’ve posted to the available page at my website. For those interested in the carving process, I did remember to take a few shots along the way…
At the chopping block, after the axe work. The volutes have been sketched, but the lines will be carved away and redrawn as the work progresses.
At the bowl horse. I was using a drawknife to establish the plane that continues along the sides of the volutes.
The vise also came in handy.
For carving the outer flutes (a painstaking process), it took some creative arranging of pegs, holdfasts, even T-shirts.