Birds Ready to Fly to Plymouth


In addition to starting some larger walnut bowls, I’ve been working to get some examples finished to take to Plymouth for the Greenwood Fest in a couple weeks.  Among them are some lettering examples, a couple medium-sized bowls, and some bird bowls to go along with the hands-on session.  Now that I’ve got some of the bird bowls and a couple small ale bowls oiled up, I thought I’d share some of the photos.  After the Fest, I’ll have to sort out what I’m doing with them.

I’ve been playing around with some designs inspired by different birds or types of birds. Each of these is carved from a branch crook:



This one, seen at the top of the post as well, was inspired by the swallow.  Cherry, about 10 inches long.


Robin type.  On this one I extended the hollow all the way to the tip.  Cherry, 9 1/2 inches long.


I really like this little guy.  Wren.  Aspen, only 5 1/2 inches tip to tip.

I’ve shown these ale bowls below before, pre-oil.  Now oiled, the contrast between the cherry sapwood and heartwood is much more evident, at least until the sapwood color mellows over the years to come.



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10 Responses to Birds Ready to Fly to Plymouth

  1. Cynthia Sartor says:

    David, your bowls give dignity to the fallen trees and add beauty to the corners of our world. Thank you for being true to your gift.


  2. Scott Kinsey says:

    Plumage!! Mighty fine, Dave.



  3. Eric Goodson says:

    Hi Dave. Have a blast in Plymouth. Wish I could be there. I love the bird-inspired bowls. They really capture the character of the birds. It would be cool if they could be kept as a set.


  4. Dave Fisher says:

    Eric, you’re sure to have a blast yourself during your travels in June. Enjoy.


  5. Hi David… your designs and like Cynthia said it gives purpose to the life of a fallen tree. I don’t know about the reference to Plymouth?….Which Plymouth is this as I think there are around 31 in the US and a few more around the world, but as I originally come from the original Plymouth, Devon UK, I was curious as to which Plymouth you were referring to.


  6. Dave Fisher says:

    Good question, Colin. Plymouth, Massachusetts. Where the travelers on the Mayflower ended up after leaving your Plymouth in Devon. Greenwood Fest is an annual event in Plymouth, Mass.


  7. Rita says:

    I have seen a bowl like the one with two horses head here in Norway. We call it a øl bolle.
    That means a beer bowl. We passed it around, when we had feast in the really old days. Fun.


    • Dave Fisher says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience in Norway, Rita. I appreciate the information. I’ve seen beautiful examples of similar bowls in online museum collections from Scandinavia. Wonderful to know that you’ve passed one around back when!


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