Greenwood Bowl Carving

hand carved cherry bowl

I made this bowl last June from a Cherry I felled . Here is a step by step guide to making your own. Some experience of wood carving is required for this project.

I’ll take you through some of the processes of making the bowl.

hand carved cherry bowl

Choose your log, this is from a Cherry, and split it just away from the central pith. Here I’m using a froe, but two hatchets or Wooden wedges work well too.

hand carved cherry bowl
Tidy up the split surface with an axe making sure its flat, and pop it onto the Bowl Horse or other chosen method of fixing. A good method of holding like this makes a huge difference when using the tools.  Go forth with your Azde. This one is made by Hans Karlsson. It is excellent.

hand carved cherry bowl
When the worst of the material is removed and some shape has developed to the sides, swap over to a gouge. This one is a Pfeil Long bent gouge. Wider ones with a large radius are a great way to finish after this narrower 20mm type.

hand carved cherry bowl
That’s the inside roughed out, now get cracking on the outside. Mostly done with an axe. I prefer old British Kent Pattern hatchets. Heads weighing 1 1/4lb. They cost nothing (literally sometimes) and carve beautifully once you grind and sharpen the bevel. The adze helps with the underneath of the handles.

hand carved cherry bowl

Back onto the bowl horse, or a shave horse and continue working the outside with a draw knife.

hand carved cherry bowl

Then finish with a straight carving knife. Frosts 106. The best there is.

Then leave the bowl to dry slowly over several days. Use bags turned inside out each day, dry wood shavings in a box, cool area outside, then warm rooms. Whatever works for you.
Then rework the whole bowl with a crook knife, gouges and straight knife till as you want it.

All finished and oiled with Flaxseed oil.

hand carved cherry bowl

hand carved cherry bowl

About Paul

Paul Adamson is a bushcraft instructor and green wood, bark and leather worker. His own blog is packed with traditional craft projects and survival techniques.

http://www.woodsmancrafts.co.uk/

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