Wooden Bowl Turning: Norwegian Ale Bowls on the Pole Lathe
Wooden ale bowls are an excellent example of functional Scandinavian folk art. These ceremonial drinking vessels were used both for serving on special occasions and in the brewing process. In this class, students begin with a green birch log. Using axes, knives, hook tools and a foot-powered spring-pole lathe (plus lots of vigorous work), they'll create an ale bowl to take home and use. Tool sharpening and proper cutting techniques will be taught. There also will be lively discussions on the design, function, and culture surrounding these objects, as well as the history of woodturning. The instructor will have several antique bowls from his collection for study and inspiration. Skills taught in this class will also be very useful to modern bowl turners.