50,000 views bowl heads to USA

On the 8th of June as a thank you to all my regular blog readers and folk that post comments and send emails keeping me inspired I offered a free bowl which I would send to someone randomly chosen from those replying to the blog post. I was astonished that 73 folk responded, the bowl is now dried and finished, it’s a sycamore porringer copied from an original that was excavated in Southwark about 10 years ago. It being Elizabethan in date and the find site just round the corner from the Globe I like to think of these as my Shakespeare bowl and I eat my breakfast from one every day.


73 was a few too many names to write and put in a hat so I used the random number generator http://www.random.org/

The answer 29, I counted down 29 posts and was just about to email “A reader” when I noticed one of the posts was mine so the bowl is on it’s way to Peter Follansbee in the US, and as a great admirer of Peter’s work I am delighted that it is going to such a good home. I have also experimented with darkening some of the sycamore porringers with various food based dyes, coffee is always a favourite but caramel seems to work very well too.

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10 Responses to 50,000 views bowl heads to USA

  1. The Village Carpenter July 9, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    What a lovely porringer–Lucky Peter! How did I miss that post?? :o (

  2. Jude July 9, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    Congratulations Peter!! Lucky lucky chap!Love the idea of staining with coffee etc. but does it wash out?

  3. R Francis July 9, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    It's a fix! I'm calling for a recount.Check Robin's blogroll.Congratulations Peter.Robin you need to run the next one asap to prove it's all above board.Looking forward to beating out the Village Carpenter next time.yours Chad

  4. Nicola July 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Ooh that is gorgeous – lucky peter!

  5. pfollansbee July 9, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    as my kids would say, "Wowie-ka-zowie" thanks Robin. I'm thrilled. PF

  6. The Village Carpenter July 9, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    Say you offer another giveaway, and say I set up about 75 new blogger accounts so that I can enter to win 75 times. Would that be considered cheating? Just askin'. ; )

  7. Robin Wood July 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Well you can try Kari but there are easier ways of having one of my bowls I am sure. ;0)Think next time I do a give away it will be open to anyone who has signed up as a supporter of the Heritage Crafts Association. Only takes a minute and every named supporter we have increases our lobbying power.www.heritagecrafts.org.uk

  8. Plutus July 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    That's a beautiful bowl Robin. Great work! Congrats Peter.

  9. Survival in the Wasteland January 17, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    Hey Robin, nice bowl- how do you dye with caramel by th' way? Or how about doing a post sometime on your dyeing experiments… all th' best, rico

  10. Robin Wood January 17, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    I buy "gravy browning" also known as caramel or e120 it's a great food safe dye.

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