These are replicas of the Mary Rose warship eating bolws. This lot is turned from fresh Ash. Although beech was the more commonly used wood for turning in these days, there is plenty of evidence of Ash being used as well. Ash is a very tough wood and theseones won't break easliy, even if you do go to do your battle with them.
Turning a batch of these 16th century bowls is quite an experience. Whilst at the lathe I could almost see the turners of that period turning the exact same bowls with the same tools and lathe that I still use today. History becoming alive!
They were intended to be used on a sail ship, so the walls of these bowls are a bit more defty to make sure they don't brake easily when knocked about. I left the base of the bowls 'blank' so you can put your own name carving on it if you like. That's what the owners did to identify their treasured bowl.
This is a striking one with a branch going half way down on the outside of the walls. I gambled a bit with this not knowing how deep the branch would penetrate towards the middle of the bowl. If it had gone too deep this one would have been fire wood. Turns out it it worked out just fine and featurefull. I can well imagine bowls similar to this being around in those days too.
approx. 19cmx 6.5cm
71/2 x 2 1/2 in.
This size is perfect for a eating bowl. I source my trees in Cumbria.
I made a batch of eigth all individually listed.
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