Carved Bowl in Cottonwood


Below is a gallery documenting the process of carving a large bowl from 1/2 of a cottonwood log.











10 thoughts on “Carved Bowl in Cottonwood

  1. Beautiful images, Jack. It’s interesting that you carve out the bowl while it still has the structeral integrity of the log. I had never thought about that being an option. Thanks for sharing these.

    1. Thank you. It makes a significant difference working this way. I try to complete as much as possible the interior of the bowl, before shaping the outside, when it becomes more difficult to hold upright.

  2. Beautiful work, Jack, I have been inspired to make one of your bowl carving benches. Thanks for the great ideas.


    1. Thank you, Stephen. I especially enjoy watching the play of light across the interior of these bowls.

  3. Beautiful bowl. Can you say whether you dried the cottonwood before carving or, if not, whether you took steps to dry the bowl a particular way when you were done, sand whether the bowl has developed any cracks since it was finished. Thanks.

    1. thanks for the comment. The cottonwood was green/wet when I carved it. Once it was carved to a uniform thinness the danger of cracking is minimized. The ends of the bowl, where the end grain is exposed is the most prone to cracking, occasionally small hairlines will arise in the drying process there, but they often close as the rest of the bowl catches up. Sometimes I will put them in a paper bag to slow down the rapid escape of moisture. After it has dried thoroughly they do not experience much cracking at all. I hope this is helpful.

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