Coal Burned Bowl
Since I made a Carved Spoon a few weeks ago I wanted to try some coal burning. I decided to make a bowl… out of a piece of Oak firewood that we were in the process of splitting. I wanted to try making the bowl with the growth rings on the top of the wood instead of laying the piece horizontally.
I put coals in and fanning them with a hand made fan. I continuously spun the bowl to scorch all the sides of the interior evenly. Every 15-20 minutes or so I would take the coals out.. scrape the inside.. and sand it with some Sandstone. I then would go back with round two of the burning. I continued this process 8 to 10 times over a period of 3 days, not wanting the wood to dry out too fast and split badly. Once I was finished I took the Sandstone and burnished the inside and outside of the bowl for about 45 minutes. This gave it a nice even finish and allowed the Olive Oil to soak in evenly.
Total project time was about 4 – 5 hours. The bowl’s finished size is 7″ across and 1.5″ deep. It was made entirely with tools from the Bush. Coals from the fire were used to burn the interior out, A Stick to scrape out the char, and Sandstone and sand to polish the inside and outside. The only thing that I did was cut the blank with a chainsaw. Overall I am pleased! The only slight problem (which may aggravate over time) Is a very tiny split in the bottom of the bowl where the heart of the growth rings were. I filled it with splits and sanded them smooth and it held the Olive Oil without leaking. So time will tell
Here are some pictures of the finished product. Hope you enjoyed this little project… Thanks for Looking!