Monday, 25 March 2013

Cooking and eating

Since getting my pole lathe working I have been making some wooden bowls for my kitchen. As much as I do like my porcelain bowls, being that I can stick them in the microwave and cook stuff instantly, I find it detracts from the joy off eating from my own homemade wooden bowls. My breakfast bowl is nice to eat from as it has aged nicely and everyday I use it, it brings back memories of making it and the journey it has taken. So having made some wooden bowls I wanted to make some pieces to cook with.

To that end I have made a nice little trough and serving spoon out of some rippled willow. Was an absolute bugger to carve due to the rippling wanting to break off and do its own thing. But they came out rather nice after a little perseverance and oiling. The trough will be a wonderful addition to serve food or to make dough in for bread as it follows the traditional pattern which is somehow find very pleasing. Whether it is its symmetry or its functionality I don't know but it just seems so nice.

Now too test them out and see how they age after use.


  1. Hi Rob, some lovely cookware, and thanks for your detailing how to make a pole lathe - really useful. I'm interested in what you've called 'rippled' willow - is this a recognised condition of willow or something you have labelled yourself. I ask because I had some ash with a ripple in the grain and a vet similar stripped look, you can see it here

    Do you know what causes the ripple - I'd be interested to find out. Thanks, Richard

  2. thank you :-) have tested out a couple of the eating bowls which are looking lovely right now. glad you like the pole lathe posts.

    its a recognised condition of wood so it can happen to any species i guess. although i'm not sure whether its a genetic trait to certain trees or whether its because they grow in certain environmental conditions.

  3. It is awesome that you are able to make your own bowls and utensils in the kitchen. I am wondering if they are still doing well months after you posted this.

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