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Making our bowls and vases truly becomes a labor of love due to the amount of work involved behind every piece. We work with all local salvaged wood, and all different types of wood. Each bowl is handmade and entirely unique. Read on for more about the process behind creating each bowl.

Bowl Process


All of our wood is locally sourced

We collect wood from trees downed by storms, from farms, or even from private residences where the homeowner has cut down a tree. This means that all of our bowls & vases are 100% sourced locally.

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Remove as much material as we can

We do an initial rough shaping of the piece to get it close to its final form, remove as much material as possible, and to get the piece ready for the drying process.


Bowl blanks dry for up to one year

Safely coated and packaged, our roughly shaped bowls, or bowl blanks, then have to completely dry - a process that can take about one year. Since we work with fresh wood, the pieces contain a lot of water which has to be slowly removed from the piece.


The piece gets its final form

Once completely dry, the bowl blanks have warped and changed in shape considerably. They get put back on the lathe and shaped to the final form and thickness.


Now for the sanding and finishing

At this point, we have our final form, but we still need the piece to have that silky smooth to the touch feel. So it's nothing but sanding at this point, then removing the tenon, and finishing the bowl off with a combination of beeswax and mineral oil - all food -safe. 

C-los Carpentry Bowls
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