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Green Fruit Wood Bowl

Milk Paint

Green Fruit Wood Bowl is decorated with milk paint to present a vintage look.  I paint the entire bowl with green milk paint. When dry I use sandpaper to expose the natural cherry wood. Maker’s use milk paint to restore or duplicate vintage furniture.  As the the paint rubs away from the high spots previous layers of color begin the appear.  Milk paints are non toxic, food safe and made from natural products.  I may use this painting technique when a finished bowl is bland or lacks character.

Paint On Wood Bowls  

This Green Fruit Wood Bowl features milk paint on both the interior and exterior. The high spots on the body band clearly exhibit paint wear thus enhancing the pattern of the wood grain. There are members in the Woodturning community that are against painting wood. They refer to  themselves as “Wood Purists” and believe that wood bowls should not be painted. This makes no sense as I consider wood to be a canvas. After all, wood furniture has been painted for centuries.

Other decoration techniques that I use include painting with copper and then oxidizing the surface so that the piece appears to be from another period of time. Often the viewer is uncertain if the bowl is wood or metal. When this occurs, I consider the piece successful.

Gift Ideas

Should you be looking for a unique gift for a birthday, anniversary, wedding or any other occasion there is probably something is my store to meet your needs.  I also accept commissions for special projects.


I design all the items in my Montvale, New Jersey, USA studio. My main tool is the Robust wood lathe. Most of the forms that I produce start on the lathe. Then the piece goes to the studio bench for additional decorative techniques.


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