Here’s the ale bowl from my recent post on orthodontics, now completed. I carved flutes along the exterior of this one. The gouge I use for fluting depends upon the effect I want and the curvature of the exterior itself. In this case, the bowl has a tight curvature, so the shallow curve of this #4 20mm gouge interacted with that surface well, although many other choices would have worked too.
I also have to keep in mind the thickness of, especially, the side walls. The vertical end grain areas are left relatively thick. I don’t measure, but at the middle of the sides I like the walls to be around 1/8″ – 3/16″ thick (3 or 4 mm). If I don’t leave enough allowance for the material removed by the fluting… well, you can imagine the trouble.
There is a subtle texture left along each flute from each forward push of the gouge through the dry (at this stage) wood. Here was that cherry wood last summer:
I wrote about busting up that log in this post. I think this bowl was from the blank in the top right of the photo.
All said and done, it’s 13 1/2″ long and 6 1/2″ wide. Ready for ale.