Carved Wooden Bowls - Danielle Rose Byrd Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Carved Wooden Bowls - Danielle Rose Byrd



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Carved Wooden Bowls

with Danielle Rose Byrd
June 6-7, 2020

Saturday (9am-5pm) & Sunday (9am-4pm)

Materials Fee: $40
Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

Total cost is $315; $275 Ticket and $40 Materials Fee. Lunch included. Limited to 12 people.

Located at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Route 1, Warren, Maine 04864.

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This two-day workshop will cover how to carve a bowl straight from a log using only hand tools. Traditional techniques will be covered, as well as how to incorporate modern variations on design and decoration.

We will start from a log, breaking it down with a froe, maul, and wedges. Rough shaping of the bowl will be done with a carving axe and adze, while finer finishing cuts will be made with paring gouges. A spokeshave, drawknife, straight sloyd knife and block plane may be used for both coarse and fine cuts along the way.

You will learn:

  • How to “read” a log - Avoiding cracks, knots, or other potential problems
  • Basic Wood Properties – Wood and its relationship to moisture and drying, how to store wood for later use
  • How to break down a log - Using a froe, maul and wedges
  • Layout – Circles, ellipses, and tips for go-with-the-flow design- learn how to use a set of dividers and some twine to lay out a perfect ellipse
  • Tools and techniques – How and why tools work for specific cutting operations, and how to use your body to make them work best
  • Sharpening – Though curved blades may seem intimidating, we’ll cover the basics of sharpening that will make any blade much more approachable.
  • Finishing and Decoration – Oil, paint, chip carving and texture

About the Instructor:

Maine native Danielle Rose Byrd is an artist, carver and sculptor working primarily in wood. Though her early carvings used only green wood and traditional techniques and tools, her work has expanded to include experimental and unconventional methods to create bowls, vessels, carved panels, and sculpture that frequently incorporate patterns, texture and color. She has written for Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, and Mortise & Tenon Magazines and for a few years traveled across the country with the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event® Staff teaching hand tool woodworking fundamentals.

Required Tools

Below are some of the tools we'll learn about in the class. We encourage you to bring your own tools or buy the required tools when you get here, as there are not enough classroom tools to outfit everyone.

Please do not bring tools in need of repair or major fettling – there will not be time to fully tune them for use during the workshop.

Please keep in mind, the best way to guarantee available tools for the class is to call ahead with an order. Some items on this list may be specific to another toolmaker. Please call us with any questions.

Note: The list below references tools Lie-Nielsen carries, though you are welcome to bring tools from other makers.

  • Carving Axe or Hatchet – Gransfors Bruk Swedish Carving Axe is my go-to for bowls because it’s a bit on the heavy end at 2.2lb. Robin Wood makes a great carving axe that is considerably lighter, a great option for beginners. Julia Kalthoff also makes an excellent all-around carving axe that is lighter than the Gransfors Bruk. In-stock inventory can be infrequent, so order your axe well in advance of the class.
  • Carving Adze (bent head instead of straight) – Hans Karlsson and Jason Lonon both make exceptional adzes, and they may be available from Maine Coast Craft School. If you intend to order directly from a maker or from MCCS, place your order ASAP. Adzes are in high demand these days. (Adzes from the UK based blacksmith Joshua Burrell will be available for the class to purchase.)
  • Flexible Ruler - Strips of boxboard also work well.
  • Large Dividers (8"-12" span) – Elastic bands will also be provided to attach a pencil and serve as a temporary compass.
  • Pencil – Not mechanical. Stubby carpenter’s pencils work well. Watercolor pencils also come in handy.
  • Carving Gouges – At the very least, have a #3 or #5 sweep straight or bent gouge with a width of around 14mm (referring to the Pfeil system). Pfeil Swiss Made (what I use most), Henry Taylor and Nic Westermann all make beautiful gouges. I’m also a big fan of the Hans Karlsson dog leg gouges. Maine Coast Craft School may be carrying them. Lie-Nielsen carries a range of Auriou tools as well. Gouges wider than 14mm are useful for roughing work but be reminded they also require a good deal of force to work well. Bring them if you feel like this would suit your abilities and skill level.
  • Mallet
  • Small Roll of Twine – This will be used for layout; anything thin that won’t unravel.
  • Flat or Curved Spokeshave
  • Sharpening Kit – Leather strop and stropping compound.
  • Block Plane – The No. 60-1/2 Adjustable Mouth Block Plane will soon be your best friend. There will be a limited number available for class use.
  • Drawknife – If you own an old one, please make sure any major issues with the edge are taken care of before class. We will have a wonderful sharpening jig (Drawsharp - designed by Peter Galbert, made by Benchcrafted) available for use that makes final honing of the edge a breeze.

Additional Tools

  • Gloves – Rubber-palmed Atlas gardening gloves work well. Carving bowls is rough on hands that aren’t used to it. These gloves are also great for a few clamping and leverage tricks.
  • Compass – If you already have a large compass and want to bring one, by all means please do. I use a set of large dividers with a pencil attached to it with an elastic band.
  • More Carving Gouges – It's great to have a selection of bent and straight gouges with various sweeps and widths, but a good deal of work can be done with just one if it's sharp.
  • Sloyd Knife – I recommend the Mora 106.
  • Chip Carving Knife - It’s unlikely that we’ll get to this phase of the bowl making process, but some of these techniques will be demonstrated. So bring one along if you want to try them out.