When you meet the man who creates these wooden bowls, and watch him gently wrap each one in cloth before he packs them, you can see his is a labor of love. He talks about where the wood came from, and many of the trees hold special meaning. This beautiful maple bowl is 9 3/4 across, with a 4 1/2 inch base, and is 2 1/2 inches high.
These are hand-made wooden bowls, created one at a time from local trees, in Ed Hoovler's Monson workshop. From the time a tree is identified as a possible source of interesting, useful, well-crafted bowls to the end of the finishing and buffing process, nearly a year passes. The wood is shaped, set off to dry for 6+ months, given its final shape, hand-sanded in a 10-step procedure, finished in a 6-step technique and, finally, buffed in three-step operation. Theses bowls are meant to be used and are easy to maintain. Wash in warm soap and water, then dry with a soft cloth. Do not soak and do not use in a microwave. When the finish becomes dull over the course of time, renew with a liberal hand application of mineral oil, allow to sit for 30 minutes, then polish with a soft cloth.