Putting two years into one bowl

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Over the last few months, [Frank Howarth] has been putting a lot of effort into a gigantic sequoia log he started milling two years ago. He recently completed a wonderful chair, but in the years these gigantic blocks of lumber have been sitting around, he’s always had one project in the back of his mind: a giant wooden bowl made from this sequoia log.

The wood for this bowl came from a relatively small cutoff from the original sequoia log. [Frank] had initially cut this cutoff into a circle to let it dry for an eventual run on a lathe. The bowl blank was so big, though, that he needed to create a jig to trim off most of the excess and keep from wasting many hours with a gouge.

With a bowl this large – about 20 inches across – simply screwing it onto the lathe wasn’t an option. [Frank] had to construct a jig for his chuck, capable of holding the bowl by the rim so he could shape the bottom.

The end product, coated with linseed oil and beeswax, is a work of art. Making anything this size on a lathe takes a lot of skill, and we’re thankful for [Frank] sharing it with us.

Comments

  1. wretch says:

    Awesome! Now he ought to make a pair of giant fork and spoon to match. (c:

  2. bigredlevy says:

    gosh, with that title I immediately though of belly-button lint…

    gorgeous build.

  3. jim says:

    That looks like the perfect size for a breakfast of Cinnamon Life.

  4. Laurie Zook says:

    Giant bowls like this are not new. Colonials made them and called them “dough bowls”. Yes, used for bread dough. Made from the stump/knot of a big walnut or other trees. It’s a real art.

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