Tag Archives: walnut bowl

Back to the Hens

I remember first seeing The Serenity Prayer on a trivet that hung on my grandmother’s kitchen wall: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know … Continue reading

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Knotty Story

This tale from my isolated workshop is actually quite tame compared to Boccaccio’s famous ones from the 14th Century told by a group of friends isolating themselves in an Italian villa; unfortunately timely circumstances. Amid the adjustments to the ever … Continue reading

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Fluted Walnut Bowl

After making many bowls, I’m still thrilled by the prospect of shaping a rough chunk of log into a finished bowl.  The just-finished walnut bowl in the two photos above began with flattening the bottom and fairing the upper surface … Continue reading

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Rooftop Bird with 12/12 pitch

It’s been a couple years since I wrote this post about a bowl orientation I call a rooftop bowl.  In it, I discussed working with this type of blank and suggested experimenting with quarter-log splits and other angles.  Of course, … Continue reading

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The Three Stages

I’m preparing a couple blanks for my program at Fine Woodworking Live in two weeks.  I noticed I had walnut bowls sitting around in three stages, so I’ll call them Larry, Curly, and Mo.  Larry is a log section — … Continue reading

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Walnut Necklace

I just finished the carving on this walnut bowl.  I snapped a few photos while carving the “necklace” around the rim.  But first, a point about gouges: One gouge can be pretty versatile, depending on how you use it.  You … Continue reading

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Putting the Wood in the Driver’s Seat

One of the things I enjoy most about greenwood carving is the challenge of making the most out of the wood that becomes available.  The individual characteristics of the log or branch drive the design, while I navigate among the … Continue reading

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Sighting the Lines

We’re all familiar with the idea of sighting down the length of a board to check for straightness of line.  It is amazing how well our eyes can pick up even slight deviations in the flow of a line when … Continue reading

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Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

I recently completed this commission for the congregation of a California church.  They wished to honor their minister’s ten years of leadership with a bowl featuring their church motto, Micah 6:8.  It is a beautiful verse.  I was happy to play a … Continue reading

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The Patience of Trees

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. — Hal Borland, Countryman: A Statement of Belief, 1965 As the oil began to reveal the rich variations in each growth ring, I found myself thinking about the tree from which this bowl … Continue reading

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