I begin bysourcing interesting woods with color and interesting grain patterns. I usually start with wholelogs or burls. They are first cut with a chainsaw; and then further shaped with a bandsaw into manageable sizes.
The raw wood is spun on a lathe while using handtools into roughed-out bowls, hollow vessels, and platters. The pieces are then waxed(to prevent cracking), and then allowed to air-dry for three to twelve months. Once dry, the wood is re-affixed to the lathe and handtooled to final shapeand thickness. They are then meticullously sanded and finished with food-safe oils. a pleasing shape and a fine satin finish are necessary complements to interesting wood!
Creating heirloom quality functional/non-functional bowls and vessels is my inspiration!