We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
— Robert Frost, The Secret Sits
I thought I’d share some photos of my most recent bowl, inspired by Robert Frost’s poetry. In my last post, I discussed the process of carving the bowl itself. Through the photos below, I’ll show some of the more recent steps, as well as a few shots of the completed bowl. The wood is walnut, and the bowl is 16 inches in diameter and 2 3/8 inches high, more of a platter I guess.
After texturing the wide rim with a gouge , I drew the letters on paper to work out spacing issues, then drew them again onto the bowl with a soft pencil.
I used a small gouge or two at times, but the bulk of the lettering was done with the pen knife blade.
Here, the grain pattern in the hollow is visible, along with the contrast in texture between the rim and the hollow.
The underside is textured with a spiral connecting the rim and the bottom
The edge of the rim is slightly hollowed. As the bowl dried, natural warping left the edge a bit wavy as it proceeds around the bowl — a welcome addition to the dancing theme of the rim.
And, to provide a sense of scale, there it sits.
Thanks for looking. I’ve also posted it to my website.