You’ve seen lots of bowls, giant eggs, and other semi-round shapes hand-shaped on a lathe, but have you ever seen the creation of a bowl within a bowl? How do you imagine you would even go about turning it?
To be clear, this isn’t two separate bowls stacked on top of one another. It’s a single bowl with the top edge of each sloping opposite each other giving the illusion of a smaller bowl inside a larger bowl. The process of crafting such an oddly shaped bowl isn’t so different from making a regular-shaped bowl. He starts with a large half piece of wood taking off materials to form the outer shape.
Flipping the bowl around in the chuck, he takes off layer by layer starting from the center, forming the interior where you start to get an idea of how he will approach the design. Instead of removing all the material he leaves an inner lip to form the top of the inner bowl.
This inner lip is what serves as the “bowl in a bowl”. Using a woodturning technique called two-axis (or multi-axis) bowl turning, he angles the bowl by rotating and tightening it against a concave wood block attached to the chuck. This allows him to carve the curve of the inner bowl at a different angle than the outer bowl.
It’s a relatively simple technique that makes for a very intriguing woodturning project and an eyecatching piece for the home. While the design is sure to impress, you’re guaranteed some entertainment watching their faces as they try to pry the bowls apart. Here’s the entire process from start to finish:
SteRa Tuning’s YouTube channel is still relatively new, but already has a handful of interesting and quirky woodturning projects.
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