turned cherry wood bowl

Maple and Cherry Bowls
With Shallow Coves on the Outside

Sometimes the grain pattern of a particular piece of wood is a bit plain. By creating a series of shallow coves on the outside gives greater visual appeal to the surface. I learned this technique from Al Stirt, a turner and demonstrator of national and international renown. He is a member of the woodturning club to which I belong. He is kind enough to meet with us every August at our annual picnic and is willing to critique any turnings we care to bring to him. I have found his insights tremendously helpful. Then he demonstrates techniques he has mastered such as the technique shown above.

The above design not only provides visual interest but a different tactile experience as well. These bowls just feel good in my hands. The hard edges of the coves have been sanded to a softness that just feels good, and interesting as well.

Some turners go to great lengths to make wood look like something other than wood but that is not my preference. I work with wood because I love the way wood looks. So with any embellishments I try to preserve the color and pattern of the wood grain itself. You know these vessels are wood, yet the texturing adds interest to embellish something that is already attractive.

turned maple wood bowl