Since it all begins, and ends, with the wood, it is not surprising that
woodturners try to get as much as possible from every stick of wood that comes
into the studio. I believe it is safe to say that this was the case with the
earliest woodturners; soon after the lathe was ‘born’. The idea is to get several
bowls from a blank and not just one.
In short, instead of just chips coming out of the large bowl’s center, additional
bowls are created. The procedure can be time-consuming but, compared to
rough-turning multiple bowls from a number of blanks; it is a very effective use
of time for the professional woodturner. And whether you are a professional or
hobbyist, it also makes economical sense when you have laid out serious money for
On these pages we will discuss and show the basics of coring bowls along with
some typical results. As a rule, when the bowls are cored from a highly-figured
or exotic wood they usually are kept together and sold as a three or four-bowl
set. However, when the wood being cored is of a blander variety, it makes sense
to separate the bowls and sell and them individually.