Bowls from the
Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 150
A scrollsaw is probably not the first machine you would think of, if you wanted to make bowls.
But, as the author of this book shows, some very attractive and innovative bowls can be made with a scrollsaw.
Approximately the same method is used for making all 28 bowls. The worktable of the saw is set at an angle and the bowl cut out in horizontal strakes which generally grow larger towards the top.
The bowl is completed by a solid bottom.
When all of the strakes and the bottom are finished, they are glued together and the bowl is finish sanded using, where possible, portable sanding equipment and a spindle sander.
The first bowl is a simple circular shape, but the second begins to demonstrate the design freedom inherent in the technique. Called an Eight-Petal Bowl, it has a wavy form that nevertheless tapers from top to bottom. There is a 'four-petal' bowl later in the book as well as a Ripple-Edged Round Bowl and a Heart Shaped Bowl.
The most striking of the bowls are, however, those which are made using laminations and multi-angle shapes.
The latter part of the book is devoted to Think Outside the Bowl - an exploration of vase and jar making using the same techniques.
The minimum presentation for each project consists of a photo of the finished bowl, the drawings necessary to cut out the shapes, instructions and a guide to material and tools. The more complicated projects are given a larger amount of space with detailed instructions and stage by stage photographs.
Since the methods used are relatively simple, there is no reason why this book should not appeal to the novice, while the attractive and useful projects should hold the interest of the more experienced.
Units of measure: Imperial & Metric
Introduction: About This Book
Chapter One: Getting Started
Two: Basic Stacked Bowls
Three: Laminated Wood Bowls
Four: Multiple-Angle Bowls
Five: Thin Wood Bowls
Six: Thinking Outside the Bowl
Appendix: Creating Patterns