Now don’t get all bent out of shape

Beside my desk resides a pile of roughed out, drying bowls in paper bags. Each bag has a date on it, and after four to six months of “pile time”, I open up the bags and hope for the best. I assume potters must have the same feeling of anticipation and anxiety when they open up their kiln. It’s a lot like opening presents for Chanukah. You open the bag and don’t expect much.

The time had come for me to open up a bag with a hefty bowl in it. I have been waiting for this one for a while. I had a nice chunk of cherry and I made a large deep salad bowl shape. This was going to be a really great piece, I just knew it. Well, needless to say, it got kinda, well, “bent outta shape”, and developed a couple small cracks too. Picture a larger version of Charlie Brown’s x-mas tree. But the more I looked at it, I began to feel like Charlie Brown. I loved the bowl, and you know what?! I think with a little love (and a whole lotta hand sandin’) I can still make something out of this.


Charlie Brownstein's Chanukah Bowl


The bowl has developed too much of an oval shape to be turned “round,” but I think I can put the sanders too it and spiffy it up.  I find the overall shape pleasing to the eye, and it peaks like the prow of a ship on the front and back rim. It’s a decent sized piece, about 6.5″ tall and 10.5″ at its widest point. I can give it a good butcher block oil finish on the inside and a tough wax finish on the outside. I guess I could make some cherry serving spoons to go with it.

What do you think?

About yaakov

Husband, Abba, Furniture Maker, Turner, Bookseller, and all around working stiff.
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