This lovely coffee table book is crammed with full colour pictures of wonderful old wooden bowls and also in depth information about the history of the craft. It makes a great gift whether for someone you know who loves wood or alongside a wooden bowl to show how they were made.
The book is the first authoritative account of the history of the wooden bowl and took me around ten years researching in museums across Europe. It details evidence of the turners craft dating back 4000 years and looks at the development of lathe technology, as well as the tools and timbers used.
Extracts from Medieval account books show the wide range and vast quantity of work turners produced and even how much they were paid. Many examples of their work recovered from excavations show the vessels from which our ancestors ate and drank and how the forms changed through the centuries. The last chapter shows me step by step turning and carving a replica Tudor porringer.
182 Pages, Hardback.
Here’s a review from a well known online bookseller
“This is a gem of a book. It is well written, researched and wonderfully presented. Robin is evidently a master of his craft and his enthusiasm and knowledge leaps from every page.
This is an absolute must of a book for anyone interested in history and woodcraft and would compliment anybody’s book collection.” *****