The Handcarved Bowl: Design & Create Custom Bowls from Scratch | Popular Woodworking Magazine

The Handcarved Bowl: Design & Create Custom Bowls from Scratch


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A Fresh Take on Traditional Bowl Carving

Carving your own wooden bowls is more than just a romantic notion (don’t worry, it’s that too). Bowl carving is a rewarding way to create beautiful work with your own hands using only minimal tools. For seasoned and beginner woodworkers, alike, learning traditional bowl carving skills provides unparalleled insight to the basic properties of wood behavior and intimate knowledge of how tool edges interact with grain—invaluable experience that will improve your skills and techniques across all your woodworking endeavors.

Along the way you’ll learn tips and tricks that will keep you safe, help you make informed decisions about your own designs, and give you the confidence to take your work in any direction you’d like. The Handcarved Bowl is not simply the designs and techniques outlined here in easy to-follow instructions, it is a gateway to countless projects and a new understanding of working wood.


  • Step-by-step photos and directions for every stage of the bowl-carving process
  • Understanding of the basic bowl forms and the knowledge to create your own designs
  • Smart advice on buying, sharpening, and using the few tools bowl carving requires
  • Exercises and guidance for self-care that will keep you working safely and injury free for years to come
  • The knowledge required to find and harvest wood that has the best potential for creating beautiful bowls

About the Author

Danielle Rose Byrd is a wood carver and sculptor who blends traditional and modern methods with ample experimentation and a wide range of tools to create pieces with varying degrees of function and heavy doses of texture.

Raised in the western foothills of Maine, she made many creatures, structures, and inventions using found items, sand, plants, sticks, trash, snow, and fabric. In college she explored music and sound sculpture, and while building a handmade fiddle-ish instrument constructed from burnpile wood found on campus, began carving scraps into spoons.

She has written for various magazines and journals, and from 2014-17 was a member of the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event Staff, traveling the country teaching hand tool woodworking fundamentals.

Danielle lives and works in Bar Harbor, Maine, with her partner and two cats, Teddy and Baby. Find out more about her work on her website, on Instagram @danielle_rose_byrd, or on TikTok @daniellerosebyrd.

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