by David Fisher
This video shows the carving of a modest-sized cherry bowl, beginning with a log. I simply set up the tripod to record things along the way. So in this video of under eleven minutes, you'll see pretty much everything I typically do in the bowlmaking process. I didn't do a voice-over with explanations and so on, but I tried to make a lot of things evident visually.
This general bowl design is one I have done several times before in various sizes and proportions. It features a rim that sweeps down from the handles thanks to the bark-up orientation. The handles drop down and away and are undercut beneath. As you will see in the video, the layout for the bowl hollow itself is eliptical (or in this case an elipse laid out on the surface of a cylinder).
A classic technique to lay out an elipse to any chosen width and length uses a compass, two nails, and string. That is the method I use and show here. No math is required. Mark a lengthwise axis and a horizontal axis perpendicular to it that crosses the center line. On these axes, mark the length and width that you wish the elipse to be. Set your compass to half the length. Keeping that setting, strike an arc with one compass leg at the desired width on the horizontal axis. This will make two marks on the long axis. That's where your nails go.