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Go Fly A Kite Bowl

Design Opportunity

Go Fly A Kite Bowl is a bowl with a return rim that developed a hairline crack while drying. Some might see this as a disaster.  I see it as a Design Opportunity. I add four Paduck, an exotic red wood, butterflies. The bowl takes me back to my childhood when my dad and I would fly kites and send up fabric bows. This is Tulip Wood and the size is 10 inches diameter by 7 inches tall.

Hollow Form Turning

Go Fly A Kite Bowl is a Hollow Form Style Bowl.  To make a Hollow Form requires practice and skill in order to remove the interior wood through a small opening.  The maker achieves this with hook shape tools.  Unable to see into the opening he relies on calipers and the sound of the tools removing interior wood carefully not breach the side wall.  If you like Go Fly A Kite Bowl take a look  Dragonfly Hollow Form Vase

From Utility to Art Form

The concept was developed by Master Wood Turner, David Ellsworth in the 1970’s. Previously it is a form made by glass blowers and ceramists.  David, thought it would be possible to produce this form in wood. The challenge being turning removes material and ceramics and glass add material.

This process is revolutionary and utilitarian wood turning becomes an art form. Ellsworth openly shares his techniques. Because of David you can ask a woodturner how they make something they will share their knowledge. This does not happen in other crafts. Ask a jeweler how they make their piece and chances are you will not get an answer.


I produce all of my items in Montvale, NJ USA studio.  I divide my time between the American Beauty, Robust lathe and finishing at the workbench.


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