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.

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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.

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