Wooden bowls

I make wooden bowls for sale. Scroll down this page to see them. They aren’t the anonymous product of some far away factory. I make each one personally by hand in my own London studio.

Taking a short break

Why buy one of my bowls? If you are the kind of person who appreciates the work of a skilled craftsman, let me tell you about  what I do… 

The reclaimed wood I use doesn’t come from a timber merchant. I work with fallen trees, seeking out logs that are suitable for bowl making. I assess each one before cutting it so I can make the best that it can yield. Most of my bowls are rough turned on the lathe while still fresh, then put aside for many months to season. When ready, they go back on the lathe for a second time to be finish turned. Some I turn to their final shape while the wood is still full of sap. These are my green-turned bowls.

I shape each bowl with sharp hand tools as it spins on the lathe. Each is a one-off. I carefully refine the shape and surface of the bowl until it is ready for coat after coat of finishing oil. After waiting for the finish to cure, I buff the bowl to a soft sheen. Each finished bowl represents my many years of learning and practice in the art and craft of woodturning.

A bowl reveals the beauty of wood better than perhaps any other shape. Bowls supplement traditional or contemporary decor in any home. But a bowl is not just decorative, it’s always useful around the house. Small bowls can hold food, such as nuts or sweets for sharing. They can hold keys and change, or those odds and ends that you never know what to do with. Larger ones can hold fruit or salad. Or they can just sit on a shelf  or table where they can be seen as art objects. They are always welcome, and make great gifts.

A spalted sycamore bowl

Every piece of wood is different, and the challenge of getting the best from it is something I enjoy. No two of my wooden bowls for sale are ever alike, so when one is sold, there won’t be another quite the same. It may be the beauty of their grain and colour that appeal, or their elegant and practical shapes. I hope you enjoy giving them as much as I enjoy making them!

Delivery is normally by first class post, but if you need guaranteed next day delivery just add it to your basket.

Roughing out bowls makes a lot of mess!

What size?

A bowl must be the right size for its intended use. I give the outside diameter of each bowl in the description so you can be sure to get the right size. You can judge a bowl’s depth from the photo, but if you need to know exactly, just ask me. If in doubt, you could measure one of your own bowls to get a better idea of the size to choose.

Fruit bowls

Most bowls here can be used to hold fruit, but some have a small foot and a big hand of bananas might make them tip!

Bowls for other food

I use the most attractive timber I can find when making wooden bowls for sale. Sometimes it has natural features that make a bowl unsuitable for moist food. For this purpose, the inner surface of any bowl should be free of significant natural defects. Wooden bowls with burr figure, natural fissures or crevices or cracks, retained bark or heavy spalting could be fine for fruit or other dry food, but may not stand up well to frequent washing.

Almost any  of my wooden bowls for sale could be used for nuts or wrapped sweets.

Yew and laburnum are colourful timbers that make beautiful bowls, but their seeds, at least, are toxic. Although the food-safe finish I use seals the surface of the wood, these timbers are perhaps not advisable for use in contact with moist food.

Salad bowls

If you entertain a lot, or have a large family, a big salad bowl is a useful thing. But if you are catering for just two or three people, or bringing different salad recipes to the table, smaller ones are useful too. Wooden salad bowls are attractive and good to use, but do need looking after. Here is some information about wood care.

Handmade salad bowls are great decorative items in their own right, good for dressing a table or display on a kitchen shelf. They look even better when holding a nice fresh salad! They make great gifts.

“Thank you for sending my mulberry bowl. I am very pleased with the choice. The wood and patterning is beautiful and the craftsmanship stunning. It will make a fab key holding bowl (the purpose planned) at the centre of the table as we enter the house. It will become part of our home forever more.” Karen

“Just to say that I am thrilled with the platters – they have such a wonderful rich colour and texture and are so beautifully made!
Thank you and bravo!” Imogen

“I recently purchased a spalted beech bowl from you for a wedding gift. It is a beautiful piece of handcrafted work, I just love the markings and the smoothness and contours of the bowl. I don’t want to give it away!” Christine

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