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Handmade Wooden Art Bowls by Todd Sanders

About the Artist

About the Artist.

I have been a hobby woodworker since I was in high school in the early 80's.  I have always enjoyed making things from wood and started making bowls and things again in January of 2009.  I do small refinishing jobs and take requests for custom items such as pepper grinders, rolling pins, bowls and just about anything else you can come up with.  Mostly I have been doing things for coworkers, family and friends.

 

Here are a couple of articles that have been published locally.

 

1.  Lancaster News Paper article. 

http://www.lcni5.com/pages/specialsections/951/HomeGarden2010_files/FlashDoc.swf.

 

2.  At Home Magazine article pdf.

 

         

 

 

Completed Gallery

Gallery of completed Bowls


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Art Work For Sale

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This bowl measures 6" H x 9 1/2" W x 3/8" thick.  Made from a 67 year old Red Oak tree that had died in a friends yard.  This bowl was turned wet and has taken a final shape of almost a football.

 

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Product
08122010001
Hollow Form Red Oak
Price/Unit
USD 75.00
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 Bowl measures 3" H x 11 3/8 at it's widest x 1/2" thick.  It is fumed Red Oak.  The fumed process is done by placing the bowl in an enclosed space and placing a small bowl of ammonia inside and closing it up.  It only takes a few hours to change the coolr to a nice bown.  Although the picture does not show the true color for some reason. Very nice bowl.  Also turned green and has a slight distorted shape.

 

 

 

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08222010002
Fumed Red Oak
Price/Unit
USD 145.00
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 This is an Ebonized Red Oak Vessel with some turquoise inlay.  The vessel measures 6 1/2" H x 5" H.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08232010003
Ebonized Red Oak Vessal
Price/Unit
USD 75.00
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320

 

 

 This is a Spalted Maple Natual edged bowl with some turquoise inlay.  Very nice grain figure.  This bowl measures 6 1/4" H x 8 3/4" Dia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08232010004
Spalted Maple
Price/Unit
USD 325.00
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324 

 

 Spalted Poplar bowl, nice color and size.  The bowl measures 3 1/4" H x 10" Dia.

 

 

 

 

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08232010005
Spalted Poplar
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USD 85.00
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325 

 

 

 Small Red oak bowl.  Nice Grain and figure.  Bowl measures 3 1/4" x 8 1/4" Dia.

 

 

 

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08232010006
Small Red Oak
Price/Unit
USD 55.00
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327 

 

 

 Another small Red Oak bowl with a few design elements.  The bowl measures 2 3/4" H x 8 1/4" Dia.

 

 

 

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08232010007
Small Red Oak with design
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USD 55.00
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331 

 

 

 

 Small Ebonized Red Oak Bowl.  The bowl measures 3" H x 9" Dia.

 

 

 

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08232010008
Small Ebonized Red Oak
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USD 85.00
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339 

 

 

 

 Small Natural Edged Walnut bowl with the bark still on.  This bowl measures 3" H x 9 1/2" x 6 1/2".

 

 

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08232010009
Natural Edge Walnut
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USD 75.00
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341 

 

 

 Nice Walnut Natural Edged bowl with the bark.  The bowl measures 6 1/4" H x 8" Dia.

 

 

 

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Product
08232010010
Natural Edge Walnut bowl.
Price/Unit
USD 225.00
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Services

Custom Services That I can provide.

I do take custom orders if you have a specific shape or item that you would like to have made.  This can be done with a tree that you have had to remove that may have sentimental value to you.  All types of items can be made, rolling pens, bowls, containers with lids, mortise and pestle, pepper grinders, salt grinders.  You have only to send me a note or call to request something special or unique.

 

 

 

 

Turned Wooden Bowls

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Home of Todd's Wooden Bowls and Things from Lancaster, South Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

About my bowls.

These bowls are turned from the rough log, cut with the chain saw.  Sometimes the whole log is used and sometimes the log will be cut in half from the center of the log and one complete half mounted on the lathe.  The blank is roughed to as close to a round shape as I can get it with the chain saw for a good balance on the lathe.  Some day I may be able to get a band saw to make things a little easier.

Most of the bowls are rough turned to a thickness of about 10% of the diameter of the bowl and coated with a wax on the end gran to slow the drying process to prevent cracking and checking of the wood.  It can take from a few months to dry to one year and more depending on the species of wood used.

Finishing the bowls.

When the bowl has finished drying it is remounted on the lathe to do the final shaping.  Then there sanded to remover all of the marks left by the tools.  Usually starting at 220 grit and finishing with 400 grit.  Sometimes I will buff the wood before the finish is applied.  If not, then I hand apply the finish in several coats, sanding between each coat to refine the finish.  The bowls are then buffed with different buffing compounds and a wax applied for the final finish.

Food Safe Finishing.

If the bowls are to be used for food, I will use either a pure walnut oil followed by beeswax, or several coats of pure 100% tung oil.  I can build a lustrous finish with this and it is still safe for all food.

As you can see there is a considerable amount of time spent on each and every individual piece.  There may be several days between coats to allow them to dry completely before the next coat.  Many hours are spent sanding so that the finished piece will be as smooth to the touch as possible.  There are times that a certain bowl will not be sanded so much to allow you to feel the grain and texture of the wood.  This can bring the owner closer to the beauty of the wood itself.