Wooden bowls

Taking a break amid the shavings


I make wooden bowls for sale. Please scroll down the page to see and buy my work.

A bowl reveals the beauty in a piece of wood better than 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 peanuts 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.

Sweeping up after roughing out a new batch of beechwood bowls

Fruit bowls

Most bowls here that are big enough can be used to hold fruit. When choosing a fruit bowl, look at its shape to be sure it will be stable.

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, retained bark or heavy spalting could be fine for fruit or other dry food, but may be hard to clean, or 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 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. It could absorb traces of the toxins if they are also present in the wood.

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.

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