Sweet chestnut bowl


Some neighbours took down five enormous chestnut trees which they then conveniently left in rounds stacked up against our fence. Chestnut is often overlooked for firewood because it can spit quite a lot but for carving you can often get great results.  I actually worked on this bowl for nearly a year. Obviously that wasn't continuously, but every now and again it was revisited and a little more was taken off it here and there.  Over that time the drying process really changed its appearence. There's a lovely dip and curve to it, the likes of which only time can achieve.  It was a great experience getting to know this piece so well and I couldn't be more pleased with how it's turned out.  The outside has been sanded smooth whereas the inside retains all the markings from the hook knife.