WELCOME to Mike's Bowls!
We are into our second week of staying at home. Fortunately, at home is where we do our best work. Our hearts go out for all of those so adversely impacted by this epidemic. Let's all stay home (for those of us who can); stay positive; and look forward to the day when we emerge healthy on the other side.
I have toyed with the idea of combining turned items and regular wood working techniques to design and build three dimensional art objects. So far all I have done is a yard art sphere made from wine barrel hoops combined with a turned finial and log base. Look for more interesting items on this website!
Take a look at all of my new creations!
I have been bouncing between finishing some large bowls that have been drying for several years and making small bowls from the many left over wood scraps on interesting woods. No two bowls are even similar! In addition to bowls we are now doing lidded boxes and other useful kitchen items. The expanded GIFT section will continue to grow as we have obtained some amazing rare hardwoods. Look for monthly additions to the GIFTS section! We have PENS; BOTTLE OPENERS; PIZZA CUTTERS; BOTTLE STOPPERS; and BBQ FLIPPERS.
Small bowls and pizza cutters made from more exotic woods. The bowls range in size from 2 1/2" in diameter up to 4 1/2". Some of the pizza cutter handles are made from Madrone, Mahogany, Black Acacia, and Walnut.
When cutting the wood for turning large bowls you end up with many smaller pieces of interesting wood. I have been having fun making smaller items from the pieces that have dried over the past few years or exotic wood I have purchased. Wood for making pens must be interesting and DRY. I purchase most of my pen blanks to ensure these qualities are present.
Lidded boxes are another project where fully dried wood is critical. Even then, I have found that the wood moves a bit after you finish the box. I try to keep the wood around for a while to ensure a reasonably tight and consistent fit.