WELCOME to Mike's Bowls!
Things are beginning to look up in 2021 as we receive our vaccinations and the 2020 holiday surge recedes. Spring time is always refreshing in Northern California. I get to keep my shop door open and no longer need a heater.
With over 150 dry or drying bowl blanks I have plenty of inventory for making new bowls. I am now experimenting with new approaches doing boxes; spheres; square platters; rotary carving; and coloring. New techniques are sometimes difficult to implement as you don't want to ruin something you spent many hours creating, and yet you need to start somewhere. Look for the new items as I slowly finish them.
I recently finished some pieces made from Manzanita root burl that I have been accumulating over the past few years. I will be adding them to my website. I have also been fortunate to establish a relationship with a high end custom knife boutique, New West Knifeworks (https://www.newwestknifeworks.com/). They are in St. Helena, the heart of Napa Valley wine country. Stop by the shop to see everything they have to offer if you are ever in the area.
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.