WELCOME to Mike's Bowls!
The Artistry in Wood exhibit is now open at the Museum of Sonoma County. It runs until January 7, 2024. I was fortunate to have my two bowls juried into the show and share space with all of the amazing wood artists in the exhibit. I believe it is well worth a trip to Santa Rosa to see this widely recognized exhibit. Here are my two pieces in the exhibit.
I have turned fewer bowls because my good client, New West Knifeworks, has requested that I step up my production of pizza cutters to allow them to stock the items in more stores. Since all of my production goes to them now you can buy pizza cutters from NWKW rather than from my website. Please go visit them if you are in the area: (https://www.newwestknifeworks.com/). Their knives are amazing!
Despite my increased pizza cutter production levels I has still turned out (pun intended) quite a few new bowls. I am posting them now!
I still have over 250 rough turned blanks waxed and drying in my shop. New opportunities for harvesting green wood have to involve special rare woods for me to go get anymore. My latest harvest was a 1060 pound stump from a black walnut orchard that was cleared 5-6 years ago. I have turned two other root ball/stumps and the wood is exquisite. You can see some of the ones finished over the past years under "Walnut Bowls". So far I have cut two of the five large pieces into turning blanks and rough turned them.
WE NOW ACCEPT PAYMENT THROUGH VENMO OR ZELLE.
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.