Yarn and Pattern Bowl Set

I decided to make a yarn bowl as a gift.  When planning out the bowl, I wanted the bottom surface of the bowl to have a continuous grain pattern.  To do this, the bottom was built out of wedges cut consecutively from a single board,   This produced two sets of wedges, the ones facing upwards, and those down wards.  Since I ended up with two sets I decided I should make two bowls, one for yarn and a second traditional bowl.

On segmented bowls I find it best to roughly sketch out the design in CAD (Fusion360 this time around) to make sure I glue up enough material to work with.  Throughout the process I inevitably make some deviations from the plan, but it’s good to have a starting concept figured out before launching into the project.

I wanted to add some interesting detail to the second bowl, so I laminated strips of maple into the glue up with the main cherry segments.  The end effect was a band of “brick” pattern through the middle of the bowl.

On the yarn bowl, the cutout for the yarn was a bit of a challenge.  I initially cut the slot with a coping saw, which produced a very rough surface.   To clean up and refine the shape I went back with a Dremel tool and some files of varying shape.  I finished the slot with several tedious hours of sanding with strips of sandpaper using a tooth flossing technique.

Both bowls have some commonality in general size design and method, with a nice variation in use and details.  I’m happy with the set, and the gift was well received.

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