It’s been fifteen years since I built my log bowl horse, and it’s still serving well and regularly in my workshop. I mentioned it in this article, but the focus there is more on building the more portable version from lumber. The log version is so organic that I’ve not said much about specific dimensions, but after hearing from a couple folks that plan on making log versions of their own, I made the sketch above with some general reference dimensions of mine. Of course, not much is specifically important and there would be many ways of achieving results that work as well or better, so use what you have available.
The first thing I did when I built mine was bore the 2 1/2″ holes for the legs with a T-handle auger. Once the legs were driven in, I flipped it over and had nothing more than a log on legs. Then I moved on to shaping the log.
Many things could work as a pivot pin. Mine is a shaft from an old broken tubing cutter.
Certainly don’t let not having one keep you from carving bowls. This is not a necessity, but I’m not giving mine up. It’s the closest thing I’ll ever have to a Harley.