I’m preparing a couple blanks for my program at Fine Woodworking Live in two weeks. I noticed I had walnut bowls sitting around in three stages, so I’ll call them Larry, Curly, and Mo. Larry is a log section — a bowl in waiting. Curly was roughed out from a green log a couple months ago and is in limbo. Mo has been through the dry-carving stage, oiled and ready for action.
Here’s Larry after I split off the white sapwood and the angle near the pith with a froe. I cleaned up what will be the bottom surface with a plane.
Especially on a relatively wide blank for an “upside-down” bowl, it’s not necessary to start with a complete half log and flatten the entire width. The foot of the bowl won’t be that wide anyway.
Mo’s relatively modest in size and soft-spoken. 13 1/4″ long, 8 3/4″ wide, 4″ high. I used a subtle texture and no bling on this one.