Spalting and Spalted Wood Bowls

Spalted Wood Bowl Turning Spalting

Spalt or spalting is probably the most exciting characteristic and beautiful visual effect you can find in any wood bowl blank. When people hear the word “spalt” for the first time, they often turn their heads to the side a bit and ask, “what did you say?” What is Spalting? Spalting is somewhat graphic or […]

Bowl Turning Grain Orientation – Wood Blank Direction

Woodturning Bowl Turning Grain Orientation

The bowl turning grain orientation of a bowl blank can seem like a confusing puzzle when we first begin bowl turning. What is the bowl turning grain orientation of the wood used to turn a wooden bowl? The bowl turning grain orientation for most wood bowls is a side-grain orientation. However, end-grain bowls, less common […]

5 Magical Ebonizing Wood Tricks (how-to, techniques, formula)

Ebonized Wood Bowl How To Steps Techniques

Ebonizing wood has been around for a very long time. But before we go further, there is a question that needs to be asked. What is Ebonizing Wood? Ebonizing wood is the effect of darkening or blackening a naturally lighter colored wood to appear more like black ebony wood. Ebonized wood can be created with […]

Best Wood Bowl Care How To (clean, maintain, restore)

Wood Bowl Care Complete Guide Clean Maintain Restore

Wood bowl care is important. Whether you own a wood bowl (or many) or if you are a wood bowl turner, we’re all in the same boat when it comes to preserving our bowls. What is the best way to clean a wood bowl? For regular wood bowl cleaning use warm water with mild dishwashing […]

7 Valuable Glenn Lucas Gems – Wood Bowl Turning Wisdom

Glenn Lucas Wood Bowl Turning TIps

Glenn Lucas is a genuine wood bowl turning professional. And it seems when he isn’t turning bowls, he’s teaching people the skills needed to perfect the craft. From his home in Ireland, Glenn conducts woodturning workshops. And between turning and teaching, he travels the world sharing his skills everywhere he goes, with his camera in […]

3 Amazing Turquoise Inlay Techniques – Illustrated Guide

Turquoise Inlay Wood Bowl Main Image

Applying a Turquoise Inlay is a great way to create a stunning visual accent or even save a cracked bowl. How do you make a turquoise inlay on a wood bowl? There are a couple of turquoise inlay techniques you can use. Here’s one way to create a turquoise inlay: Apply turquoise particles and dust […]

Super Fast Wooden Bowl Crack Fix – Wood Glue

Wood Bowl Crack Fix Glue Technique

We’ve all come across that pesky wood that seems to want to check and crack, especially along the end grain. This bowl crack fix is a super simple way to finish these small cracks fast. How do I fill small cracks on a wood bowl? Believe it or not a little wood glue and some […]

Twice Turning Wood Bowls – How To Step By Step

Twice Turning Wood bowls start finish how to

When I first started turning bowls, it seemed pretty straightforward, you take a bowl blank and turn a bowl. Once the bowl was complete, you’re done, right? Maybe, maybe not. What is twice turning wooden bowls? Twice turning bowls is a two-step process that reduces bowl blank drying time and assures an even uniform final […]

7 Wood Bowl Woodturning Books – Favorites

Woodturning Books Main Image

Knowledge is the key to almost every success in life. And it’s especially true for learning how to make a wooden bowl. While the steps for making a wood bowl can be quickly explained, the incredible amount of details each step contains can take a lifetime to master. One of the best ways to gain […]

Jam Chuck – Wood Lathe Magic Trick

Jam Chuck Main Image

The jam chuck is our “unseen” partner in the wood bowl making process that helps us, bowl woodturners, look like magicians. When someone picks up a bowl looking for an obvious lathe connection point and says something like, “how was this made?” We have the jam chuck to thank for this wonderful trick. The jam […]