A grass-blade’s no easier to make than an oak
— James Russell Lowell, A Fable for Critics (1848)
I wonder if James Russell Lowell ever carved an oak bowl? In these two previous posts (here and here), I discussed the beginning stages of this bowl of white oak. I like the result, but I might wait forty years or so before trying another!
I thought the character of the oak called for some bold gouge cuts, albeit on a sleek form; a relationship similar to that of the hardy Northmen on their graceful oaken longboats. This oaken vessel is 23 3/4 inches long, 11 1/4 inches wide, and 4 1/2 inches high.
I’ve posted it to my website. Time to go sharpen my tools…