About two years ago, I wrote a post about busting up a big cherry log into various bowl blanks. This experimental piece came from either the billet labeled A or B, so it has vertical grain (had I sawn it instead of splitting it, it could be called quarter sawn). I had the general idea for this bowl back then and roughed it out. Finally got around to the rest of the carving recently.
The first step in making it is to hew and plane the upper and lower surfaces into a plank with no twist. In fact, you could make one from a 2 x 6 — sort of. The final dimensions of this piece are 26″ long, 4 3/4″ wide, and 1 3/8″ high. The hollows are 4 1/4″ in diameter.
The exterior surfaces are flat except for the sculpted handles.
I used a small gouge to detail the edges of the hollows. Depending on the light and perspective it can create the effect of a rope twist.
I just put the apples in there for a sense of scale. I imagine the piece being used to serve things at supper or a dinner party. Maybe ice cream toppings, or salad accoutrements, or taco toppers. And if you have five kids, they could eat their cereal side by side each morning! I’m sure you’ll have more ideas.
This one is for sale. If you’d like it, send me an email at email@example.com. $400 includes shipping to you. Update: SOLD