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Wooden Maple Donut

Wooden Maple Donut Hollow Form Style Bowl with an undercut rim in the shape of a donut. Approximate size is 7 inches in diameter by 3.5 inches high.  It is Maple wood with a lacquer finish.

Hollow Form is a style of wood turning.  It requires patience and skill 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 measuring calipers and the cutting sound to remove interior wood and not breach the side wall.   

The Hollow Form process was developed by Master Wood Turner, David Ellsworth in the 1970’s. Previously it is a glass and ceramic form.  David, thought it would be possible to produce this form in wood. The challenge is that the wood turning process removes material. Ceramics and glass add material.  The block of wood is static. It only gets smaller.

From Utility to Art Form

This process is revolutionary and utilitarian wood turning became an art form. Ellsworth openly shares his techniques. Because of him you may ask a wood turner how they make something they will share their knowledge. Not so true in other crafts. Ask a jeweler how they make their piece and chances are they will not share their knowledge.

If you like Wooden Maple Donut get ready for this treat  Raspberry Glaze Wood Donut

Gift Ideas

Several galleries represent my work and if you do not see something on my website  take a look at Gallery 23 in Blairstown NJ.


I produce all of my items in Montvale, NJ USA studio.  I divide my time between the lathe and finishing at the workbench.  The initial form is made on the lathe.  Once I am happy with the shape I will take the piece to the workbench for secondary operations that will enhance and finish the piece.


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