They weren't always Wooden Bowls! The first bowl was probably a pair of cupped hands for drinking water from a stream and then perhaps a piece of curved wood further hollowed out with a stone hand axe, so bowls it seems, have been with us from our earliest prehistory days, the original vessel, which has evolved with us and taken on many forms and been expressed in many different materials. From wood, pottery, glass, horn, bronze, iron, to plastic and now a multitude of man-made materials, the history of bowls mirrors the history of human civilisation. The bowl is an elemental artifact that is still as useful today as it was to our ancestors and a good bowl is instantly recognisable. When a bowl is 'good' its proportions 'sing' - the rim is right for the thickness of the timber, the diameter is right for the bowl's height and the amount of belly is right for the overall size - it sits on a table and looks 'right'.
There are of course many types of wooden bowls apart from the classic, bellied, salad or fruit bowl. Our range of turned Redgum Burl bowls includes the flattened cone with flat rim shape which is sharp, linear and contemporary and also the various deep bowls where the burl dictated the shape by being too beautiful to waste, resulting in a variety of shapes that the craftsman has come up with to best utilise the markings of the burl whilst still following the golden rules of proportion and overall aesthetics. Our selection of carved Burl bowls is one step further in this 'let the wood dictate the shaping process' where the carver slowly and gently follows the contours and patterns of the Burl to best bring out its particular character. Our elegant, finely turned Rosewood rice bowls are a beautiful interpretation in wood of the classic ceramic rice bowl.
A simple wooden bowl makes a gift that will always be well received, used and loved. Our bowls also have excellent green credentials being crafted from sustainably sourced timber and storing an impressive 3kg of carbon each.