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Dough/Trench Bowls

This page represents an expansion in my product line.  I have been asked about dough or trench bowls in the past and I decided to tool up and make some.  There is no turning involved with these.  It is strictly hollowing out and shaping and sanding.  I will be making them from a variety of woods as well as shapes and sizes.  For a bit of trivia these are also known as trenchers.  Hope you like them.

Cottonwood Centerpiece Trencher

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This trencher made from beautiful cottonwood will look really good as the centerpiece on your dining table.   OK, you might even have it on your sideboard.  Use it for fruits and nuts and other tasty goodies!  After all you may use it with confidence as the wood was sealed and finished with food grade walnut oil.  This finish is totally renewable with olive oil.  The length is 18 ¼” with a width of 7 ½”.  The height came to 1 ½” and the depth at an average of 1 ½”.  The volume if you need it measures at 4 ½ cups.  So go ahead, get this and put it on your table and folks are gonna ask about it!  6Dec17  DTCW1  $37.50 and $14.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/577905661/cottonwood-centerpiece-trencher

Pecan Natural Edge Trencher

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Now lookee here!!!  A trench bowl made from pecan wood that has bark on both sides!  What more could you ask of a bowl of this type?  Now I am not gonna say that this bowl kinda kicked me around some while I was hollowing it out, but it did.  Are all of the inside surfaces even?  No.  Does it have a hand hollowed out look?  Yes it does.  Even though most of the hollowing was done with a power tool, it was still done with my hands controlling it.  Definitely not computerized or lasered.  Uhuh  I did all I can do to keep the bark on the sides, but I can’t guarantee just how long it will stay.  But, it should be for quite a while.  To help keep the bark in place, besides reinforcing it with clear glue, I also sprayed the bark and bottom with spray shellac.  The top and inside was finished with two coats of food grade walnut oil.  The trencher is 12 ½” long, 10” wide, 1 ¾” high, and has an average depth of 1”.  Won’t be another one like it so don’t pass it up.  4Dec17  DTP2  $38.50  $14.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/563570258/pecan-natural-edge-trencher

Rustic Elm Trench Bowl

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Is every little part of this trench bowl exact and precise?  Nope.  No way.  How can it have a rustic appearance and look like a piece that one of those fancy computerized machines made?  So you just have to look at this trencher for all of it’s natural beauty and then you will find yourself figuring out all kinds of uses for it.  I’m not sure if I intended it to be shaped sorta like a jon boat or not, but that’s how it turned out.  Personally I think it looks great full of nuts and fruit as I have pictured.  Of course you may fill it up with M&M’s or other tasty candies if that is what you desire.  The bowl is 15” long, 4 ½” at it’s widest, around 2 ½” wide at the ends, 1 ¾” high and has an average depth of 1”.  As it is elm which is a very light wood it only weighs about 1 pound.  Filled to the brim it holds about 2 cups of water.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with 2 coats of rubbed in walnut oil based wax.  Without a doubt you will not find another trencher like this one.  30Sep17  DTE5  $30.00 and $12.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/561685423/rustic-elm-trench-bowl

Rustic Bodark Trench Bowl

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Once in a while one must test the durability of a tool.  In this particular case it was my hollowing tool versus bodark burl wood.  I am happy to say that the hollowing tool won this effort.  This trench bowl is perfect for nuts or candies or other tasty treats such as grapes and other smaller goodies.  Though not made to hold liquids I measured the volume and it came out to 1 ½ cups of water which it surprised me by holding.  After all this rustic piece has worm holes, stress cracks and even natural edges.  Nothing more rustic than that.  Some of the worm holes I filled with coffee grounds and then crushed turquoise powder for added flavor.  Also did the same for a couple of the stress cracks.  I think this makes the piece really stand out.  Sealed and finished with two coats of food grade walnut oil.  The length is 11 ¼” and the width averages 5 ½”.  The height is 1 ½” and the depth averages 1”.  There is just enough unevenness on the inside to give the impression of hand chiseling.  Certainly one of a kind and hard to pass up.  27Feb17  DTBA1  $30.00 and $13.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/514926757/rustic-bodark-trench-bowl

Elegant Elm Display Trencher

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This trencher bowl from elm certainly is elegant looking.  When you take in consideration the natural colors of the wood along with a tad bit of spalting Mamma Nature added, it makes for one beautiful piece of wood.  You will find this trencher is perfect for putting nuts and fruits in as a centerpiece for your table.  This particular trencher bowl has just enough unevenness in the inside to give it a hand chiseled look.  I do try and leave enough of that for a nice rustic appearance.  This piece is 15 ¾” long and 6 ½” wide.  The height is 1 ¼” with a depth of ¾” average.  For more perspective the volume up to the brim is 3 cups.  It does actually hold liquids though not really the purpose of this trencher.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then it received another coat.  When the wood feels a bit dry it is renewable with regular kitchen olive oil.  25Feb17  DTE4  $32.50  and $14.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/501114460/elegant-elm-display-trencher

Small Pecan Burl Trench Bowl

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If you like wood pieces that have a great rustic appeal to them then this smallish sized trench bowl will have you smacking your lips!  Made from beautiful pecan wood and coming from a burl just add to the beautiful appearance of this piece.  There is a bit of unevenness on the inside of the bowl for a handmade and rustic appeal.  The outside edges are natural which aids in appearance as well.  This bowl will hold about 1 ½ cups of liquid and that just ain’t bad for this piece.  The bowl is 9 ½” long and 6” wide.  The height is 1 ¾” and the average depth is 1”.  The wood was sealed and finished with food grade walnut oil.  Using this gives the bowl a nice natural renewable finish.  29Jan17  DTP1  $30.00 and $11.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/508627817/small-pecan-burl-trench-bowl

21 3/4" Elm Dough/Trench Bowl

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This is the first dough or trench bowl that I have made.  I think with it being made from elm it has some beautiful coloration to it.  There is even some nice spalting added to the mix.  Even though the majority of the hollowing out was done with power tools, there was a bit of hand chiseling done as well.  There is some unevenness to some of the inside in hopes of giving this piece a hand carved appearance.  I wanted to give as much of a rustic appeal to this piece as possible.  On each end a handle was cut into the wood so it would be easier to get a hold of.  Even though most folks will use this as a display bowl or platter it actually does hold liquids in the amount of about ½ gallon.  The bowl is 21 ¾” long, 11 ¾” wide, has a height of 2 ¼” and a depth of about 1”.  All dimensions are averaged.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then received another coat and then buffed.  If the shipping charges I have listed end up being excessive I will refund any overages quickly.  21Jan17  DTE1  $42.50 and $20.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/493385556/21-34-elm-doughtrench-bowl