Hand carved walnut bowl

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Project by Courtney posted 05-12-2013 10:29 PM 1919 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first carved bowl. It was made from a piece of air dried walnut that was about 2 1/4” thick after I planed it. I used all hand tools including an axe, an adze, several gouges, a draw knife and a couple spokeshaves. I was pretty happy with the result, but there is a small hair line crack on one of the sides that appeared as I was removing the end grain with my axe. I filled it with glue and am hoping that it remains small. I sanded the exterior but left a tooled finish on the inside. I really like the texture. The finish is food grade flax seed oil. I’m not sure of the exact dimensions, but you can get an idea from the lemon I used to show scale. It took me about 20 hours to complete.

-- It's very common for people to separate things they do from the things they need. - Jogge Sundqvist

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#1 posted 05-12-2013 11:00 PM

Geeze fellas … What can you say about a pretty girl that has a workbench (and all her carving tools) set up in her LIVING ROOM?

I tell ya, if you weren’t married, we’d all be lining up at your door! :-)


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#2 posted 05-12-2013 11:04 PM

Nice work. I think if I would have tried to hand carve that, I would have ended up with a bumpy 4” coaster.

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#3 posted 05-12-2013 11:13 PM

I can see right now, you are going to be one to follow. You are going to turn out some nice projects. Nice work on that bowl.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 05-12-2013 11:48 PM

Thanks, guys! Joe, wow haha. I’ve hit the jackpot with a guy who will help me pick up wood chips from every corner of the living room, from between every couch cushion and off of every book on the bookshelves. I’m sure it isn’t totally easy to live with a girl who has her workbench in the living room! ;)
Gary, thanks very much. What a nice compliment. I can feel I’m at the beginning of something really wonderful and enjoyable. It’s a fun place to be.

-- It's very common for people to separate things they do from the things they need. - Jogge Sundqvist

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#5 posted 05-13-2013 01:07 AM

+1 need to add to that… ;-)

+10 Gary..... ”I can see right now, you are going to be one to follow. You are going to turn out some nice projects.”

Totally agree…You have a real talent !... The tool marks on the inside gives the piece character…Not sure, but flax seed oil is one that can go rancid if it isn’t maintained (like walnut oil, coconut oil, and others), might want check into that…Excellent work Courtney !!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 05-13-2013 01:11 AM

I love the tool marks on the inside of that bowl. I need to try this. Thanks for posting it.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 05-13-2013 04:42 AM

This is a beautiful bowl, very well done.

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#8 posted 05-13-2013 08:55 PM

really nice work

-- Joe, Ga

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#9 posted 05-13-2013 09:02 PM

Great job on this bowl! Really fine had tool work here Courtney. Keep up the excellent work!

All the best,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#10 posted 05-13-2013 09:22 PM

nice. i also really like the tool marks on the inside. it adds a nice texture.

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#11 posted 05-29-2013 03:41 AM

Very nice bowl. Going to be my first project after I make my tools.
love the texture on the inside.

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#12 posted 10-13-2015 11:26 AM

I really like this bowl. How about another one with the opposite effect – smooth inside and tool marks outside – in maybe a lighter wood… to represent kind of a yin-yang thing?

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