Today marks a new commitment on my part to put up one blog post a week for the foreseeable future. This is intended to help inform the reader and to encourage me to experiment with my work. The first project is part of my intention to start working on a pole lathe in the future for the production of work intended for daily use in the home.
This piece is a practice piece to help me gain insight in to the exact dimensions and form of a Porringer a replica of an Elizabethan bowl found not far from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and made popular again by “Robin Wood”
I have axed the blank to the basic dimensions and cut it down to size.
Now to mount in on to my powered lathe, I have drilled a rebate in to the centre of flattest surface with a 30mm saw toothed bit.
This will mount directly on to my 25mm O’Donnell jaws on my Axminster scroll chuck.
Once mounted the blank has its corners cut off, on this project I’m not heading for a cylinder as I would normally do as the bowl has hand carved handles on each side. I have used a bowel gouge with a fingernail grind for most of this project.
Now I will flatten the bottom of the blank and start cutting to form the underside of the bowl, and then mark the bottom for the spigot to hold the bowl for hollowing.
Above you can see I’m using dividers to mark the bottom of the bowl, I will guess when the two points of the dividers are equidistant from the centre then touch just the left hand point to the wood as it revolves.
This leaves a fine mark, if the two points are in line with the mark then I have a mark to cut my spigot to, you may need to adjust a couple of times but practice at this technique will pay of well. Now I will cut to this line with a parting tool.
Next I will refine the form of the bowl until I’m happy with the curve and dimensions.
Once satisfied I will reverse the bowl.
Now I will refine the exterior of the top of the bowl and then hollow the bowl.
Now I just need to carve off the excess wood and define the handles.
Now its time to take off the spigot with an axe.
A little more carving to tweak the finish, and voilà.
All it needs now is a spoon.
This has been a fun project taking less than 40 minuets to get to this stage but I’m not completely happy with the form and may revisit this several more times before I settle on a final design.
All the best, Steve.