Wood turned bowls are one of the most popular turnings today!!

Part of the popularity is that bowls can be functional and that makes them wonderful for your home or for gifts! How many people do you know get a lovely salad bowl as a wedding gift?

But even with that said, bowls can be much more than functional. They also can be artistic!! They don't just need to be single wood salad bowls, think of natural edge bowls, pierced bowls, multi-sided bowls and even segmented bowls.

There are many ways to make bowls that are unique and will be a testament to your skills and creativity!


Turning a Three Sided BowlTurning a Three Sided Bowl
By: Barbara Crockett
In this tutorial, Barbara shows us how to mount and turn a cube between opposite corners which results in a 3-sided bowl. This is a fun and unique alternative to the standard round bowl.


Bowl from a Board or Coring Backwards?Bowl from a Board or Coring Backwards?
By: Bob Hamilton
In this project Bob uses a thick turning blank and then uses a bowl from a board technique to create two parts which he then reassembles to create his bowl. It's a very clever technique and creates a great looking bowl.


Making a Leaf BowlMaking a Leaf Bowl
By: Neil Scobie
In this project, the late Neil Scobie shows us how he turns two sides of a board to create the basics of a leaf shape. He completes the project including feet on the bowl with carving tools.


Making a Simple BowlMaking a Simple Bowl
By: Larry Hancock
Larry shows us how he turns a simple, traditional salad bowl. He walks us through each step in the process.


Turn an Eccentric Pedestal BowlTurn an Eccentric Pedestal Bowl
By: Alan Cusworth
In this tutorial, Alan shows us how to turn a bowl (or even a goblet) and then shape the stem using more than one center.


A Split-Turned Rocking VesselA Split-Turned Rocking Vessel
By: Mark Salusbury
In this tutorial, Mark shows us how he turns a bowl on the lathe then cuts it in half before re-assembling it into a new shape. It's a very challenging project but the results are quite extraordinary.


Natural Edge BowlNatural Edge Bowl
By: Mark Lazarz
Mark shows us how to turn a natural edge bowl. This one is walnut and it's a beauty.


Turning an Off-Center BowlTurning an Off-Center Bowl
By: Keith Zimmerman
In this project, Keith show us how he turns the the center out of a bowl when it's offset to the outside shape. It's sure makes you want to look a second time when you see it. With Keith's instructions, its an easy thing to understand and to do yourself.


3-Footed Bowl3-Footed Bowl
By: Luke Crowsen
In this photo tutorial, Luke shows us how to turn a traditional bowl and then to turn the foot with a deep ring which can be carved into 3 feet.


Square Edged BowlSquare Edged Bowl
By: Bill Blanken
This tutorial shows you how to turn an interesting shallow bowl (or platter) that has square edges. Most bowls are round so a square edged bowl is rather fun.


Rim Burned BowlRim Burned Bowl
By: Nick Cook
In this AAW Reprint, Nick Cook explains how he turns the burn and then burns the rim for an interesting embellishment.


Turning a Side Grain Bowl from a LogTurning a Side Grain Bowl from a Log
By: John Lucas
In this photo tutorial, John explains how to mount an entire log onto your lathe and turn it into two bowls. This is done using a side-grain turning technique and is a good skill to have.


Turning a Three-Pointed BowlTurning a Three-Pointed Bowl
By: Andy Gunning
Like many turners, I have turned a number of bowls over the years and have looked for ways to enhance my bowls. I had the opportunity to see Mark St. Leger demonstrate his small rocking boxes, which served as an inspiration for turning a three-pointed bowl. Join me as I show you how I turn three-pointed bowls and see a wide range that I've turned.


Layered Segmented Miniature BowlsLayered Segmented Miniature Bowls
By: Earl Martin
I have enjoyed seeing Jim McPhail’s miniature layered bowls. However, I wanted to do something a little different. I decided that turning a miniature layered bowl with a segmented center would be a nice variation on Jim’s technique. My problem was that I did not want to invest the time in cutting, fitting and gluing segmented pieces together to create a segmented center band.


Natural Edge Bowl from a CrotchNatural Edge Bowl from a Crotch
By: Al Hockenbery
In this photo tutorial, Al shows us how to envision a bowl in the crotch of a tree. Then proceeds to show us the correct way to chainsaw a turning blank out of the crotch. He then moves on to mounting the crotch on the lathe and finally turns it.


Square Rimmed BowlsSquare Rimmed Bowls
By: Eric Lofstrom
In this tutorial, Eric shows us a selection of wing forms that can be used on square rimmed bowls. Then he explains the process to turn a square rimmed bowl. He also shares with us his favorite embellishments for square and flat rims.


Turning an Endgrain BowlTurning an Endgrain Bowl
By: Eric Lofstrom
In this tutorial, Eric explains how to make an endgrain bowl. He makes sure to explain how to mount the bowl on the lathe for cutting the outside and the inside of the bowl, including how to finish off the foot.


Basics of Turning Bowls from Wet to DryBasics of Turning Bowls from Wet to Dry
By: Dan Stromstad
In this great basic bowl turning tutorial, Dan explains how to turn a bowl from wet wood. He then explains how to remount the dried bowl on the lathe for it's second turning. If you're new to turning bowls or need a refresher, this tutorial is going to help!


Turning a bowl in green (fresh) wood Turning a bowl in green (fresh) wood
By: Jesper Bay
In this tutorial, Jesper explains how to turn a bowl out of green wood. Jesper has a set of drawing that help to explain each step in the process. He also talks about ways to finish and dry the bowl.


Turning a bowl in dry wood Turning a bowl in dry wood
By: Jesper Bay
In this article Jesper goes through all the steps on how to turn a bowl using dry wood. He has a wonderful set of drawing for each step to help make it easy to understand for beginners or anyone needing a refresher lesson.


Turned Knitting Bowl and Stand PlanTurned Knitting Bowl and Stand Plan
By: Ernie Conover
In this project, Ernie Conover turns a bowl and then drills and carves it to become a knitting bowl. And if that is not clever enough, Ernie then makes a stand for the bowl so that it can be used in a car cup holder. Many of us have wives that knit when we drive so this is a perfect project.


Fixing up a Wormy BowlFixing up a Wormy Bowl
By: Bob Heltman
Many of us have turned a nice piece of wood to only find out that it has worm or beetle damage. But what do we do? Do we give up and discard the bowl, not Bob Heltman! Bob shows us how he takes the bowl and fills in the voids saving an otherwise wasted effort. Check it out and see if this can save you one day too!


Building and Turning a Segmented Bowl: The “Brick Bowl”Building and Turning a Segmented Bowl: The “Brick Bowl”
By: Russell Brown


Square to Round Bowls, Vases and Hollow VesselsSquare to Round Bowls, Vases and Hollow Vessels
By: Rudolph Lopez
In this tutorial, Rudy shows us how to cut a tall vase turning blank on the band saw. Rudy provides drawings of cuts for bowls, vases and hollow vessels.

After mounting between his turning blank between centers, Rudy shows us how to turn the outside shape making sure to take into consideration how he'll remount the piece for inside turning. Rudy ends this excellent tutorial by explaining how to reverse turn the piece to clean up the foot.


Wing Bowl from Log-section or CrotchWing Bowl from Log-section or Crotch
By: Rudolph Lopez
In this detailed tutorial, Rudy explains how he turns his amazing winged bowls. He shows a picture for each step of the turning process to help you be successful in duplicating this turning.


Turning Squares into TrianglesTurning Squares into Triangles
By: Nicholas P. Di Mona
In this short tutorial, Nicholas explains how to mount a square turning blank on the lather and to turn a triangle out of it. The majority of them turn out to be bowls but use your creativity to play with this technique.


Turning a Natural Edge Bowl with a FootTurning a Natural Edge Bowl with a Foot
By: Jim Silva
A natural edged bowl is a bowl in which one incorporates the natural contour of the tree's trunk into the piece to be turned. Natural edge bowl rims can be with OR without the bark still attached.

Jim explains all the steps to turn a shallow bowl with a small pedestal foot. He turns the bowl from start to finish while green and uses photos to show us each step. This is a great tutorial on how to make a natural edge bowl.


Turning a Cherry BowlTurning a Cherry Bowl
By: Stephen S. Johnson
In this tutorial, Stephen attaches a cherry turning blank to a faceplate and then mounts it to his lathe. He cuts a recess where the foot is located allowing him to mount the blank on the lathe for turning out the bowl. Stephen explains how he turns the bowl and it's easy to follow along with him. The bowl comes out really good. This is a great tutorial for beginner bowl turners.


Turning Green Wood into a BowlTurning Green Wood into a Bowl
By: Howard Levin
In this great, detailed tutorial, Howard shows us all the steps from getting a log and how to turn it into a bowl. This tutorial will ensure that you have a great overall understanding of the process. This is the first step in learning how to become a bowl turner and can help experienced people pick up a tip or two.


Making a Split BowlMaking a Split Bowl
By: Alan Carter
Split bowl turnings are an interesting and creative alternative to regular bowl turning. By cutting a traditional turning in two and joining the 2 halves together, you can create a unique distinctive work that will stand apart.

Alan provides step-by-step instructions with photos on how to make this split bowl turning. The final turning is amazing!


Turning a Green Wood BowlTurning a Green Wood Bowl
By: Alan Lacer
This is an excellent photo tutorial by Alan Lacer on how to turn a green wood bowl. Alan starts at the very beginning with a log and shows us how to prepare a turning blank. He then explains how to properly mount it on the lathe using a faceplate. Alan explains both turning inside and outside the bowl. And he explains how to remount the bowl so that the foot can be turned.

This is an excellent article that gives you beginning to end explanations of the process so it's very good for beginners!


3-sided Bowl3-sided Bowl
By: John Taylor
In this product, John shows us how he starts from a cube which is mounted using 2 of the corners of cube and creates a 3-sided bowl. This is a very unusual project and where you're turning a lot of "air" and the results are stunning!


6 Bowls in 16 Bowls in 1
By: John Taylor
This is a clever concept, 6 bowls in 1. To achieve this, you need to start with a cube and each face receives a turned bowl. John Taylor shows us how he makes this clever concept!!


Turning the Toru - a 3 bowl sculptureTurning the Toru - a 3 bowl sculpture
By: Robbie Graham
Robbie uses a slideshow format to show us how he turns his Toru sculptures. These are turnings which have 3 turned bowls in them. This type of turning is not for the beginner or for the faint of heart, it's an turning expert's task!!


Calabash BowlsCalabash Bowls
By: Peter Hyde
Peter Hyde of the Golden Horseshoe Woodturner's Guild in Ontario has put together a wonderful educational guide on Calabash bowls. He explains what a calabash is, it's origin/history and provides a great selection of examples for us to learn by!


3 Legged Bowl3 Legged Bowl
By: Bill Blanken
In this project tutorial, Bill shows us how he turns a bowl with a wide lip. Then he shows us how he turns dowel-like legs that are attached to this rim via a through dowel. It's a clever technique and creates a very interesting bowl.


Production Bowl TurningProduction Bowl Turning
By: Eugen Schlaak
In this article, Eugen, a production turner, describes his methods to mass produce open type bowls in the 8 to 14 inch range.

This article does not describe each individual technique of subjects such as: basic turning, tool performance and other turning related details. These topics are covered in many other articles.

This article shows and describes the basic steps involved for turning these types of bowls and turning them in a production type environment. Eugen has produced bowls and many other turned items similar to these for over 25 years now. His experience really cuts down the time it takes to produce these bowls and subsequently he is able to sell them at a reasonable price.


Turning a simple bowlTurning a simple bowl
By: Tom Hintz
In this project, Tom shows us how to turn a simple bowl. He explains each of the steps to turning a bowl which makes this a good project for a beginner. It is important for beginners to understand each of the steps in the process and how to do them before they can add their own individuality to their turning.


Side Grain Natural Edge BowlSide Grain Natural Edge Bowl
By: Jerry Hall
In this wonderful photo tutorial, you see all the steps necessary to harvest a log, find the bowl, prepare the blank, and turn a natural edge bowl. This is great tutorial to learn the process of natural edge bowls.


Simple BowlSimple Bowl
By: Barry Gross
In this project, Barry Gross, shows us how to make a basic bowl. This project goes over all the steps required to turn a bowl so it's good for beginners and for those needing a refresher.

In this tutorial, Barry uses a scroll chuck to hold the foot of the bowl for turning out the insides of the bowl and then a set of cole jaws to hold the rim while turning the bottom of the bowl. Both of these tools make it easier for making bowls. They are highly recommended.


Pen Blank Segmented BowlsPen Blank Segmented Bowls
By: Malcolm Tibbetts
In this photo tutorial, Malcolm Tibbetts shows us how to use pen blanks as the raw material to make a "bowl from a board" project. The pen blanks are stabilized which makes them very strong and sturdy for this project. Your choices of woods and colors will make for a unique outcome which is guaranteed to be stunning.

Editors Note: I've made this project several times and the result is spectacular bowls. They are also the first thing that people are drawn to when they look at my turning collection.


Decorating a Turned Bowl with a Veneer InlayDecorating a Turned Bowl with a Veneer Inlay
By: Bruce Moen
My late friend, Bruce Moen, created this project of adding veneer inlays to bowls as a way to add decoration to a vessel that might be lacking in it's own beauty. Sometimes the grain of the wood is very light and it can make the bowl look bland.

Using the techniques in Bruce's photo tutorial, you, too, can add beautiful veneer inlays to bowls.


Turning Bowls without a ChuckTurning Bowls without a Chuck
By: Bob Hamilton
In this great article for beginners, Bob shows us how to turn a bowl without using an expensive chuck. The article is good for more experienced turners too and "work holding" is something that we should each think about for every turning project.

Bob starts the project by using a glue chuck to hold the original wood stock. This is a tried and true method that has been used for centuries! Then Bob uses how how to turn a jam chuck so that we can finish the back side of the bowl.

And lastly, Bob explains ways to clean up the very bottom of the bowl. This article is a great article for beginners and a great refresher for those with more experience.


Turning Multiple Near Identical BowlsTurning Multiple Near Identical Bowls
By: Doug Ketchum
Have you ever tried to turn a set of bowls all the same size??

Well, it's not as easy as it's sounds!

In this photo tutorial, Doug Ketchum shows us his technique of making near identical bowls from a single log. It's very clever and might just give you the answer that you need!


Turning a Suspended Bowl (with cover)Turning a Suspended Bowl (with cover)
By: Bob Hamilton
In this pictorial tutorial, Bob shows us how to make a bowl that is suspended above the table top by its four legs! In addition, he created a lid to fit the bowl. The final result is a stunning covered bowl.

One of the things that makes this project interesting is that it addresses a traditional woodworking concern: "How do you deal with short grain in a structural component?". Bob does a great job addressing this issue which will help you to understand it not only for this project for future ones too!

This project is a real turning adventure as part way though the exercise, Bob's tenon breaks on his bowl (which does happen) and Bob shows how he recovers! We like real life projects and the learning that can be gained from them. This is one that fits that bill.


Well-Composed CompoteWell-Composed Compote
By: Wood Magazine
Serve nuts, candy, or other tasty treats in this attractive woodturning. We made ours from three separate pieces that glue-assemble into the glowingly handsome raised dish.


Square-Edged BowlSquare-Edged Bowl
By: Wood Magazine
With square corners and a wavy rim, this bowl will have admirers thinking you’re a woodturning wizard, and for good reason. Only you’ll know that adding some waste material when gluing up the blank makes it as easy (and safe) to turn as a round plate.


Individual Serving Sized Salad Bowl PlansIndividual Serving Sized Salad Bowl Plans
By: Wood Magazine
Whether you're turning several 6" salad bowls for everyday use, as demonstrated here, or a unique highly figured bowl that's strictly for display, you'll find this method guarantees success.


Single Board Bowl with Laminated RingSingle Board Bowl with Laminated Ring
By: Bob Hamilton
In this photo tutorial, Bob shows how to mount a single board on the lathe and cut off rings to be used to stack up a bowl blank. To make it interesting, Bob inserts a wood lamination giving this bowl a wonderful unique appearance!

This project is good for people trying to conserve limited wood and make wonderful bowls. This one is a full salad bowl size!


Stacked Ring Bowl (one board bowl)Stacked Ring Bowl (one board bowl)
By: Bear Limvere
In this tutorial, Bear shows how to design one board bowls with the cutting done on the lathe instead of on a bandsaw. He shows to setup for the cuts on the lathe so that you will get all your rings and not cut into the faceplate.

Bear also shows some example layouts for 2 and 3 section bowls.


An Easy way to Cut a Octagon Bowl BlankAn Easy way to Cut a Octagon Bowl Blank
By: Bob Hamilton
Bowls don't have to be round!

I know that this is set many turners back but turning bowls from multi-sided shapes makes for a very attractive bowl. In this project, Bob shows us the easiest way to cut your bowl blank into an 8-sides blank, ready to put on the lathe for turning!


Turning a Pentagon BowlTurning a Pentagon Bowl
By: Colin Spencer
Most of us think round when we think bowls. Well, for Colin round is not always the answer. So, in this detailed photo tutorial, he shows us how he uses a template to create a 5-sided bowl blank. Then he shows us how to turn it without losing the shape!

This unique shape is very attractive and well worth considering if you want to make something different.

Colin makes this style of bowl in 4, 5 and 7 sides. To make it easier for you to do, Colin has provided a set of templates. You can find them here: 4, 5 and 7 sided bowl templates


Templates for making 4, 5 and 7 sided bowlsTemplates for making 4, 5 and 7 sided bowls
By: Colin Spencer
Here are a set of templates useful for making 4, 5 and 7 sides bowls. It's a lot easier to approach this project with these templates!


A Guide to Bowl MakingA Guide to Bowl Making
By: Brian Laing
In this very detailed project, Brian shows how he turns a complete bowl shape. He does a good job at describing his special techniques including how he dries wet wood and the way that he uses his tools.


True Economy - Making a bowl from a single board using a dovetail jointTrue Economy - Making a bowl from a single board using a dovetail joint
By: Bob Hamilton
Making a bowl from a single piece of wood is an excellent way to make economical bowls. In addition, it gives you an opportunity to dress up the design by gluing up boards before cutting. In this photo tutorial, Bob shows how he dresses up his bowl using a dovetail joint in his glue up. This is a unique approach to this technique and Bob truly shows his creative nature with this wonderful result!!

This is one project not to miss! It's truly thinking outside the bowl!!


Turning a square bowl with a lidTurning a square bowl with a lid
By: Bob Hamilton
In this detailed photo tutorial, Bob shows us how he turns a square turning blank into a bowl while retaining the square shape. He shapes the inside of the bowl to accept a top and then shows us how he makes the top including the knob for opening it. This technique makes for a beautiful covered bowl.


Making an Angel WingMaking an Angel Wing
By: Darrell Feltmate
This photo tutorial shows Darrell cutting a thin log into a form of natural edge bowl. But since there's not much wood here, he calls them "Angel Wings". This is a fun but challenging project where you're turning more air that wood. This may not be a beginner's project but has some good learning in it!


Turning a Natural Edged BowlTurning a Natural Edged Bowl
By: Darrell Feltmate
In this photo tutorial, Darrell mounts a 1/2 log on the natural and rough shapes it to become a natural edge bowl. He shows how he deals with cracks in the wood and deals with the "turning air" component of natural edge bowls.


Turning the Endgrain BowlTurning the Endgrain Bowl
By: Darrell Feltmate
In this photo tutorial, Darrell shows us how he turns an end grain bowl. He uses a spalted birch slice which has challenges in this orientation. Using his hook tool and a sanding aid, he is able to get a fine finish. There are lots of good tips in this article!!


Making a Segmented bowlMaking a Segmented bowl
By: Ken Salisbury
Ken Salisbury shows how to create a segmented bowl design using a mechanical method of calculating each segment. Then he shows how he assembles each of the rings and then the bowl blank. He finishes up talking about cutting the bowl to it's finished shape.


Making a Square BowlMaking a Square Bowl
By: Steve Worcester
In this multi-page photo tutorial, Steve shows how to prepare the wood, turn the square bowl and then how to finish it. Because the blank is square, you have four corners rotating at high speed. The cutting of these corners is very critical in getting a good finished bowl.


The Square Plan for Polychromatic The Square Plan for Polychromatic "Random" Wood Bowls
By: Max Krimmel
This is a system for making your wood go further. If you have gone to all the trouble to make a glued up block, it's a shame to see any of it reduced to shavings. In this procedure a block 12" x 12" x 3" is cut up and reassembled into a block 18" x 18" x 2 1/4" which is thin in the middle and appropriately thicker towards the edge.

In this project, Max shares his techniques on making some of the most unusual segmented turnings!


The Hex Plan for PolychromaticThe Hex Plan for Polychromatic
By: Max Krimmel
Max Krimmel makes some of the most amazing turning around. This design is based on his hexagonal plan and uses many small pieces of wood to create the blank. Max explains his technique and how he arrives at the blank. It's fun to understand this project and not for the faint of heart!!


Turning a Large BowlTurning a Large Bowl
By: David Schneider
Dave shows all the steps of taking a large log and converting it into a bowl blank. Then he shows how he mounts it on the lathe to turn it. It has good clear pictures of the key steps.


Steps for turning a functional bowl from a logSteps for turning a functional bowl from a log
By: Alan and Sherry Hockenbery
This project gives a wonderful description on all steps needed to make a functional bowl from a log of wood. It is a good read for beginners or those looking for a quick refresher.


Dyed Dowel TurningDyed Dowel Turning
By: Howard Lewin
In this project, Howard shows how he dyes dowels and glues them up into a bowl blank. Then he turns them on his lathe. He also shows how builds vase or hollow vessel shapes. This is a very unique technique and adds some wonderful color to his turnings.


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