WELCOME to Mike's Bowls!
We are still staying at home and safe. 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.
At the end of 2019 I had the honor of placing three bowls in the prestigious Artistry in Wood exhibit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ohk0F265Iw&feature=youtu.be). The 7 1/2 minute video highlights all of the wonderful artwork in the exhibit. My pieces are at 2:00 (Maple 25 - spalted maple bowl); 6:25 (Walnut 36 - large black walnut burl bowl); and 6:40 (Walnut 38 - small claro walnut bowl).
I recently acquired many pieces of professionally laminate wood. It is mostly maple; ebony; purple heart; mahogany; walnut and cherry. Some pieces are long and many are short cutoffs. I am having fun making all kinds of objects from this beautiful wood! And Julie has been going wild with some of her wood burning designs!.
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.