making porringers

Today I was making porringers that is small bowls with handles out of a 250 year old beech tree. Its very satisfying when I have a day where I go all the way from tree to finished bowls in one go. These bowls are copies of an Elizabethan one found in Sothwark not far from the Globe Theater so I think of them as my Shakespeare bowl. It’s a very good design…so good I use one for my breakfast every day.

In the afternoon I was visited at the workshop by some customers and we ended up spending a long time talking about ceramics. We had a shared interest in handmade stoneware pots. I actually feel to have a lot more in common with potters who make domestic ware than I do with most woodturners, few of whom make anything designed for use. Anyway we talked long enough that I ran out of daylight to finish the porringers so brought them home and carved the handles in front of the fire.

One Response to making porringers

  1. Treewright February 9, 2008 at 8:02 pm #

    Great Rob – but I would say don’t put too much on at once . .You can rant and rave and be politically incorrect, if you want, to these mythical masses who are out there reading your blog!You could see it as the draft for a book?Sometimes nothing happens or you’re too busy . . you shouldn’t feel obliged or guilty – and – you should use it to publicise your website – I always forget.