Would you like to see some beautiful wooden bowls?
Richard working on a fine duck shaped bowl smoothing the inside with a gouge.
And after a gouge we use a specially designed curved bowlcarving knife, this new tool removes the grooves left by the gouge and leaves a smooth cut surface, I like it a lot but was unsure as to how other folk would take to it. Everyone seemed to get on well with them. Here you can see Raph using the knife and the way the bowl is held in place with a simple wooden wedge.
and a close up of the tool in use.
Refining the outside with the Frosts push knife. These tools are often sold in the UK as a draw knife and they make really very bad drawknives but they are great push knives.
Another grip for finishing the inside and another shape of bowl. Vikki had done no green woodworking before but made two beautiful bowls.
One of the great things about these courses is the camaraderie and supportive atmosphere I think this is probably true of all green woodworking courses, it is as much about the fun of spending time with a nice bunch of interesting folk as learning new skills. Everyone is learning together.
Time spent sitting back and looking at what you have done is always time well spent.
Here are some of the finished bowls. In three days everyone carved two bowls each but more importantly learnt all the skills to hopefully carve more at home.