WELCOME to Mike's Bowls!
Now that Summer is winding down it is time again to get serious about wood turning! Over the Summer months I have turned quite a few new creations, but only recently have I gathered them all together and photographed them. Now I am posting them to my website one at a time. You can always use the link below to just see newest ones as they come online.
Between my annual motorcycle ride; a family reunion in the Midwest; Summer visitors; and a new grandchild we have been quite busy. I was also able to source some beautiful Silver Maple; Chinese Elm; and Sycamore that had to be rough turned into blank and set aside to dry. So - dive into the updated website and take a look at my new creations!
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.