This week has largely been devoted to making just one mazer bowl. It’s a very special commission and I can’t publish details until after it is finished and given to it’s new owner but it has used my skills understanding of materials and techniques to the limit, hard work but fun. The prototype and the final rim can be seen to the left in this photo as I am turning the outside.
Turned round now and I am turning the foot. With these mazers I turn them green and then dry them because I like a little movement. This means I have to guess how much they will shrink and turn them that much bigger than the rim. It’s more art than science and pretty difficult but pleasing when it works well. I am really excited to see this mazer finished it is going to be something really very special.
I have had an assistant this week for the first time. Anna Casserley came to help me make a new set of bowlmates ready for a bowlcarving course 24-26 October, still places left if you would like to join us. The original set of bowlmates were made 30 months ago and have lived outdoors so are getting past their best, I’ll try to keep these new ones under cover.
And finally I just heard from the BBC that the new Paul Martin program Handmade Revolution will be screening next week and my episode is Monday 3.45pm.