Four Scrolled Bowls

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Project by woodreamer posted 08-01-2011 06:51 PM 1440 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As the project title suggests, these bowls were all made using the same method. A board between 7-8 inches square is cut on the scroll saw into rings at an angle, then stacked and glued and finally sanded into shape. The method has been around a long time but was perfected by the late Carl Roehl and recently by Carol Rothman. The possibilities of creating with this method are endless. In the group picture, for instance, the two bowl on the right use a laminated board with contrasting woods instrips to produce an interesting effect. The fluted bowls starts out with the wavy outline and the other rings follow similarly. The most recent bowl, the pierced fretwork bowl was awkward to cut as you can imagine, but the effect is worthwhile I feel.
The woods I used were – top left:black walnut; bottom left:butternut; top right:aspen,blue aloe(a plantation wood impregnated with colour) and mahogany;bottom left: poplar and walnut. Finally, two of the same bowl, one inverted and stacked together makes a vase or jar. As I say the variations are endless.
Bob Ungar

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 08-01-2011 07:08 PM

Interesting technique. The one on the lower left in the group photo is truly amazing.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 08-01-2011 08:04 PM

Thanks CharlieM. That particular one needed a lot of my patience. l forgot to mention that it was the only one which I used a router for to round out the bottom. More time but nice effect with the grain.

Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#3 posted 08-01-2011 09:23 PM

Neat process for doing these. All of them look very good.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 08-01-2011 11:30 PM

Looks really nice and COMPLICATED! I especially like the top right bowl. I’m still trying to figure out how you did it! Really nice!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#5 posted 08-02-2011 06:15 AM

Thanks LittlePaw for the compliments. I’ll try to explain the process with this diagram(I hope I inserted it correctly) of the lamination pattern before it is cut.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#6 posted 08-02-2011 06:43 AM

Very nice work they are all great, I have a hard time seeing how this patterns turns these pieces, but they look terrific.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 08-02-2011 04:14 PM

Wooddreamer, the variations are endless, and so evidently is your imagination and artistic talent. You and
Sasmith really make a wonderful pair. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 08-02-2011 05:25 PM

Appreciate your compliments Bluepine38, and thanks for drawing my attention to sasmith’s work. Truly amazing!

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#9 posted 08-02-2011 08:42 PM

I really like the left front bowl with the arches. Very appealing

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#10 posted 08-02-2011 09:01 PM

Probably my favorite. Thanks michelletwo

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 11-18-2011 02:00 PM

This is very unique. Very nice work.

I’d like to see a blog on how you did it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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