I’m a cereal lover and, although I’ve had to switch from Boo-Berry to Shredded Wheat over the years, I still eat cereal every day — from a wooden bowl. Cereal or not, it makes for quiet eating, and the wood is insulating so your ice cream won’t melt as fast. There’s something about the ritual of using the same bowl, then washing it, and putting it back in its place that I like. The one in the photo above has been washed hundreds of times without being freshened up, but it could use a little oil now I guess.
It’s a pretty straightforward project to make an eating bowl. For cereal, I like to cradle the bowl in one hand, and I find that a diameter of six or seven inches is ideal, with a height of two inches or so. So all you need is a seven inch log. Strike a circle on the upper side of the blank and a smaller one on the bottom (concentric to the one on top), hollow the inside, then hew the outside. I wrote in more detail about that in this post.
The biggest challenge is fiddling with the size of a small bowl. Hands can get pretty close to those sharp edges. The little sketch to the left shows how I handle that — and you end up with two bowls.
Whether hewing or clamping, it just makes it a lot easier to hold, then the two can be separated whenever it makes sense. Or maybe leave them attached! Could make for a romantic dinner — or you could have two bowls of ice cream. Tough call.
Below are a couple examples of small bowls I made recently with rising ends that should clarify what I mean in the lower part of the sketch.
You can see how starting with a peaked blank creates sides that sweep down slightly from the higher ends. This is very similar to the effect created by using an “upside-down” blank, and the same concept that I discussed in my Roof Top Bowl post — albeit with a larger bowl with some differences in form.
The uppermost flute narrows the rim, creating a lip ideal for drinking — the cereal milk is the best part after all.
Here is another bowl using the same concept — but with a much broader drinking rim. Again, in cherry. All of the bowls in this post are cherry.
And here is another “roof top” bowl, this one smaller and more delicate. Not a great cereal bowl, but nice for something like yogurt. The texture on the underside feels nice against the fingertips.
With a wooden bowl, you too may even look forward to shredded wheat.