Hollow Form Bowls/Vessels

Hollow form bowls and such are beautiful creations.  They can be rather hard to get even on the sides from top to bottom as well as really smooth on the inside.  It takes special scrapers to get the final workings done or otherwise you will end up with really heavy thick walls.  I hope you will look at these and appreciate the work that does go into them.  Plus an added nicety to them is that they can be a lot of fun to turn.  So take a good look at these.  More will be coming soon.

Faded Color Hollow Form Bowl


This is without any doubt an unusual looking hollow form bowl.  This originally was a special order bowl that the customer liked but didn’t pick up regardless for whatever reasons.  So, I decided to change the appearance some and it took some doing to get there.  I played with some chocolate and red wood dye that is alcohol based.  While spinning on the lathe I rubbed the dye mix into the wood until I got a fairly solid color.  Then I took some denatured alcohol and rubbed a lot of it down to almost bare wood trying to give a sun bleached and faded effect.  I hope you like it.  The wood is red oak.  Also, after using the alcohol to fade the color I then rubbed it all down with food grade walnut oil which also helped with the color effect as well as sealing the wood.  After it dried good I then finished it with a walnut oil/shellac mix heavy on the shellac.  The outer diameter is 9 ¾” with an inside lip diameter of 5”.  The height is 4 ¼” and the depth is 3 ¾”.  The volume is a whopping ¾ gallon!  Certainly a one of a kind piece.  29May18  BLRO76  $50.00 and $15.00



8 1/2" White Oak Hollow Form Bowl


To me White Oak gives off a warm and rustic appearance.  The natural colors along with some nice spalting make it an outstanding looking wood.  It does have a tendency to check (crack) some while drying so that gives the turner a chance to do something even more artistic with the piece.  I took the larger cracks and layered clear glue and coffee grounds in them for a filler.  I figgered the coffee grounds would look really nice with this wood and they do.  Some of the minor cracks I left alone for the rustic look.  The bowl measures 8 ½” on the outside and has an inside diameter of 6”.  The height is 3” and the depth is 2 ¼”.  The volume measures at 5 cups.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil and shellac mixture heavy on the shellac for more sheen.  Using this combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  8Apr17  BLWO2  $35.00 and $12.00 S&H


Large Red Oak Hollow Form Bowl


There are a lot of people that when they look at the grain patterns in red oak the usual reaction is to fall in love with it.  After all it is a fine piece of work from Mamma Nature.  This wood is also known as Spanish Oak and Texas Oak.  These hollow form bowls can be a bit of a challenge to do but I think they are worth the effort.  This bowl while being measured for volume held over ¾ gallon of water.  That’s a lot of fruits and nuts or whatever else you wish to put in it.  Great table center piece for sure.  The outside diameter is 10 ½” with an inside diameter of 7”.  The height is 4 ¼” and the depth is a bit over 3 ½”.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture heavy on shellac for more sheen.  This combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  You just simply ain’t gonna find another bowl like this!  18Feb17  BLRO64  $45.00 and $15.00 S&H