After Christmas Bowl

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Project by Scott R. Turner posted 01-30-2020 04:19 AM 585 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The next bowl in my Christmas Bowls series—which was supposed to be finished by Christmas but at this rate looks like it will stretch into next summer. The three previous bowls can be seen here.

This bowl was intended for my nephew and his wife, who are devout, so I decided to carve a Bible verse into the rim. I carved the bowl down somewhat flatter than the other bowls to make the rim big enough to accommodate the verse. The interior of the bowl is carved with a texture. Here I am working on that:

I chose a part of the famous verse from 1 Corinthians by the Apostle Paul. The letter shapes I’ve used are based upon the carvings on Trajan’s Column in Rome, which dates from before 100 AD. Paul probably left Rome before the column was started, but maybe not, and so I imagine that perhaps he looked upon those letters before he wrote his letters to the Corinthians. Here are the letters in process:

It took quite a bit longer to carve the letters than I expected. Although they may look big, in fact many of the parts were quite thin or small and so it was pretty painstaking to carve them. (And zebrawood is a little stringy, which didn’t help.)

After carving I painted in the letters with gold sign paint. The bowl was then finished with butcher block conditioner (mineral oil + beeswax).

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#1 posted 01-30-2020 02:03 PM

Nice carving. Pretty cool bowl.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 01-31-2020 02:45 AM

What a nice gift! Great job with the lettering – and interesting to read how you selected the “font”.

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#3 posted 01-31-2020 03:08 AM

Sweet Bowl!
I like the pics of the process and the dogs in the vice holding the piece while you carve it. The zebrawood is very striking and the gold paint on the excellent carved letters is a nice touch.

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#4 posted 01-31-2020 07:34 PM

What a nice bowl, with a great message on it. I’m sure they will be blessed. That chapter is referred to as the Love chapter and is the foundation of the Christian life. considering it was inscribed with love, I’m sure it will mean the world to them.

Love the hand hewn bowl with the lettering. I have recently caught the carving bug and am working through small projects. This is not only creative, but it’s beautiful to look at.
Well done.

-- -Todd

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#5 posted 02-01-2020 12:08 AM

Thank you everyone! @MrWolfe: Yes, holding turned out to be a problem when making these. The tall dogs work pretty well once the basic shaping was complete.

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#6 posted 02-04-2020 09:38 AM

Really lovely.

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