Axing the base of the bowl flat and removing all the pith.
With the blank turned and wedged he starts hollowing with an adze.
A good adze is a remarkable tool and quite quickly it is possible to be remarkably accurate. The adze is followed by a gouge for smoothing and refining the form.
It is important to get a nice smooth line around the edge.
Once the inside is done it is time to start axing the outer profile to match. Ollie finds the weight of the gransfors wildlife hatchet just right and he is very good at carving with it.
It is good to get rid of as much weight as possible with the axe.
Then we move on to the push knife.
The fingers wrapped around the bowl and thumb inside the gouge give great control.
Then it is back to the push knife for a bit more off the outside.