At the Lathe: Round Bowl; Square Rim

‘Found-edge’ turnings offer unique edge shapes and a glimpse at wood origins.
By Judy Ditmer
Pages: 90-93

From the June 2007 issue #162
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Square bowls – or perhaps more accurately, found-edge bowls – are one of my favorite variations on the general theme of natural-edge pieces. I started making these (oh-so-many years ago) not long after I started turning. The random shapes of the wood chunks I was putting on the lathe were often far more interesting to me than a simple round bowl.

Among other things, the design opens up many possibilities for showing off unusual pieces of wood, especially crotches and pieces with a strong contrast between the heartwood and sapwood. This kind of bowl can serve almost as a Rosetta Stone for someone unfamiliar with trees and wood. The pattern and orientation of the grain in a plain, round bowl may seem to have nothing to do with the piece of tree from which it came. But a found-edge bowl makes its origins clear.

From the June 2007 issue #162
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