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Old 09-17-2009, 07:53 AM
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I am an absolute beginner re carving. My daughter asked me to make a trencher bowl. This is an oval , shallow bowl.
Any suggestions? What tools do I need?
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I never miss an opportunity to need a new tool, I've never done a bowl but when I carved a mask, I scooped out the back with a new 20mm bent gouge that I bought, but you could use a scrope (sp) as well.
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I used my drill press with a forstner bit to remove the bulk of the wood from this bowl and then used a combination of straight and bent gouges to clean it all up.

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Hello and welcome, DrDave. It's nice to have you here with us. There is so much to learn here and a lot of great people here to help you.
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You could make one in less than 2 hours with a router and a bowl or tray bit , and then use and bunch of sand paper . the latest mag has a cherry leaf bowl and shows how to do it with hand tools
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Default Re: Trencher (Bread) Bowl How To Please

Drew Langsner Has a wonderfull website with tones of information on bowl making and loads of stuff made from green wood. One of the first books I bought on the suject was one of his and I have been making bowls ever since over 20 years now and I still love to do them. The one you ask about is the first one I did. All by hand with a small axe and a #18 bentgouge and a scaper and frost knife ... turned out well by following his book. Country wood craft... country workshops.... I think is the book and his web site.

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I would recommend a side grinder with a Lancelot chainsaw disc on it. Very fast cutting after it is in the desired shape switch to a 60 grit flap wheel then 80 grit then 100. Rub it down with cooking oil and you are done in less than 60 min.
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Default Re: Trencher (Bread) Bowl How To Please

EXCELLENT suggestion Don... Also the Arbourtech is an alternative disc and after the hollowing hand gouging the tool tracks out with a bent gouge with a shallow sweep and leaving the those tool marks (OR TRACKS) is a great finish as well takes about the same length of time.
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Default Re: Trencher (Bread) Bowl How To Please

I like to do bowls with hand tools, so it's hatchets, adze, gouges, and scrapers for me.

You might like "How I Carve Wooden Dough Bowls" By Bob Elgin.
http://thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org/lochist/periodicals/ozarkswatch/ow502o.htm
The site offers some really great tips for making the bowls with hand tools and includes a plan diagram.

Good luck with your project ;-)
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If any one is interested in Quality hand made adzes and knives that are www.preferrededge.ca/ awesome to use and come ready to use. I just picked up a 2" lip adze and a bent knife for doing my bowls... The difference between power tools and hand tools like these ... no comparison. Thank
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