Carving small free-form bowls and spoons

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Forum topic by annis posted 03-11-2019 01:20 AM 327 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2019 01:20 AM

I want to carve bowls no larger than about 12” by 12”. I’m just not one to get into those huge dough bowls and things so I won’t need an adze. I plan to use found wood like limbs and such.

I have a Mastercarver with a reciprocating handpiece and a flexcut 1/2” spoon gouge. I would like to find a one incher if I can. I also have a DeWalt 4 1/2” angle grinder but I don’t know what would be best accessories for my size bowl carving. What can anyone recommend?

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#1 posted 03-11-2019 11:15 AM

I have used a Kutzall donut disk on a angle grinder for carving but do not know if it would work on a bowl.

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#2 posted 03-13-2019 03:21 PM

Your choice of carving tools will not assure success with your plans. Woodcarving skill involves acquiring experience with woods, technique, etc. Freeform bowls present some special challenges, especially in found wood. One major challenge is bringing the wood layers together at the bottom of a bowl. If you find the wood is hard and splintery, it becomes nearly impossible.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#3 posted 03-13-2019 06:34 PM

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