Came across an old tree out back that has 4 good size burls on it. I am wanting to make bowls but dont have a lathe to turn it on and have never done anything like this before. I sure could use some advice/instruction from you good people, this is something I really want to try. I do have various hand tools. Thanks Bev
We have a lot of spruce & birch with burls. I made few small bowls from them, I just use a knife and gouge to hollow them out. To flatten the bottom I use disk sander. I've seen one's that were hollowed out using hot coals to burn the center then cleaned out with a knife.
An extremely old-fashioned method is to use hot coals to hollow out wooden bowls and spoons. This requires some patience and careful attention, but less capital equipment.
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posted 10 years ago
Coals, cool. Thank You all for your suggestions. This is one of many things I have wanted to try.
mustangsally17 wrote: Found it, tung or linseed oil, varnish?? What was i thinkin??
Be careful of what quality of these oils you use. Many of them contain polymerization accelerators that aren't food safe. How will the bowls be used? If for salads then perhaps use walnut oil. It will need reapplication but is food safe. Also this question has been discussed in depth on many woodworking forums. I can recommend;