I have been making some replicas of Tudor bowls from the Mary Rose, Henry VIIIs ship which sank in 1545. I spent many years helping the archaeologists studying the originals to understand how they were made and wrote up the chapters in the book “Before the Mast
After turning them on my pole lathe I let them dry for about a month then brand them

 The brand was made for me about 15 years ago by a chap in Sheffield and shows how different trades used to rely on each other. There need to be a lot of craftspeople around to need the services of a stamp, die and brand maker.

 Bowls after branding.

and after oiling. I only have a few of these and they are ready for a show in London where there will be a display of original bowls from the Mary Rose and I will be doing some demonstrations of how they were made. It is at Carpenters Hall and is organised by the Worshipful Company of Turners. Details here

Mary Rose replica bowls are on the website here. but I won’t have any for sale until after the October event in London.

Author Robin Wood

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