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Wooden Bowls from the Scroll Saw: 28 Useful and Surprisingly Easy-to-Make Projects (Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Book) Paperback – January 1, 2010
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WOODEN BOWLS FROM THE SCROLL SAW, by Carole Rothman, features 28 useful and easy-to-make projects. The surprising part about this book is that the featured projects look like they were painstakingly turned on a lathe. Instead, these bowls, vases, dishes and jars were made easily with just one affordable tool - the scroll saw. Using a simple method of cutting a concentric set of rings, Rothman, a former teacher and award-winning cake decorator, shows readers how they can achieve the same graceful form and beauty usually found in lathe-turned objects. She walks readers step-by-step through choosing the appropriate wood, cutting rings with a pattern, drilling entry holes, stacking and gluing the rings together, sanding and finishing. Projects include basic stacked bowls, in addition to more challenging designs using laminated woods, bowls cut from multiple angles and thin wood bowls. Each includes a list of the tools and materials needed, as well as full-size patterns and color photographs of the work in progress and variations of the finished piece. --
Woodshop News, Woodshop Library, 27 October 2009
I had the opportunity to review one of the best How-To woodworking books I've ever read. Carole Rothman makes a seemingly impossible task utterly simplistic through her many step-by-step bowl, jar and vase projects in Wooden Bowls from the Scroll Saw. I was impressed with how detailed each project in the book was so intricately laid out and explained, but what really made me fall in love with Carole's how-to writing style, was that she must have her beginner readers' best interests in mind. In the first chapter she discusses the pro's and con's of several species of wood and encourages the woodworker to try other types also. Carole discusses all of the possible tools needed and how to use them. She even includes templates for how to build your own bowl glue-up clamps. --
Splintered Board Podcast, Episode 44
A scrollsaw is probably not the first machine you would think of, if you wanted to make bowls.
But, as the author of this book shows, some very attractive and innovative bowls can be made with a scrollsaw.
Approximately the same method is used for making all 28 bowls. The worktable of the saw is set at an angle and the bowl cut out in horizontal strakes which generally grow larger towards the top.
The bowl is completed by a solid bottom.
When all of the strakes and the bottom are finished, they are glued together and the bowl is finish sanded using, where possible, portable sanding equipment and a spindle sander.
The first bowl is a simple circular shape, but the second begins to demonstrate the design freedom inherent in the technique. Called an Eight-Petal Bowl, it has a wavy form that nevertheless tapers from top to bottom. There is a 'four-petal' bowl later in the book as well as a Ripple-Edged Round Bowl and a Heart Shaped Bowl.
The most striking of the bowls are, however, those which are made using laminations and multi-angle shapes.
The latter part of the book is devoted to Think Outside the Bowl - an exploration of vase and jar making using the same techniques.
The minimum presentation for each project consists of a photo of the finished bowl, the drawings necessary to cut out the shapes, instructions and a guide to material and tools. The more complicated projects are given a larger amount of space with detailed instructions and stage by stage photographs.
Since the methods used are relatively simple, there is no reason why this book should not appeal to the novice, while the attractive and useful projects should hold the interest of the more experienced.--
The Australian Woodworker, Issue 150
From the Back Cover
Creating Beautiful Bowls Has Never Been Easier
Making wooden bowls has always been considered a "serious" woodworking project because you need a lathe and woodturning know-how. But, thanks to cake-decorator-turned-woodworker Carole Rothman, you can create amazing bowls, vases, candy dishes, and jars with just a flat piece of wood and your scroll saw. Her easy-to-master techniques and clean patterns will quickly take you from basic bowls to beautifully laminated pieces. You'll learn how to work with thin wood, contour with sanding, and create a variety of different shapes. With 28 projects to try, a useful guide on choosing the proper wood and supplies, and a section to help you create your own designs, this groundbreaking book is a must-have for any crafter or scroll saw enthusiast who wants to make stunning and useful works of art.
"Inspiring work that is hard to believe was done on a scroll saw."
—Frank Klausz, master cabinetmaker, author, and woodworking teacher
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"Wooden Bowls" is a great book, easy to follow, and inspirational, and definitely delivers what it purports to do. I don't consider myself a highly skilled wood worker, yet I was able to make a nice little bowl, the very first time. If you are inclined to scroll art and attracted to the idea of making a bowl using a scroll saw, this book will take you there and beyond. All you need to add is a little patience, and if you are like me, a couple extra blades for your saw.
Guemes Island, Washington
After seeing this book at one of my friends house, I put it in my "must have" list :). I think writing every detail about this book will not be enough. n my opinion, the best way to understand how nice and easy to create wooden bowls using Carole's method is to watch tutorial videos which she recorded.
Her patterns are so much fun to work with :). I even did not imagine or believe to create wooden bowls using a scroll saw, until I read this book :). I am a believer now :). There are lots of patterns and also for every skil level.
Nicely photographed working details. Also you will find, intelligently created designs by Carole Rothman. Definitely a must-have book, especially for scroll saw owners. I thought it will be not easy to create a wooden bowl without the equipment she uses such as inflatable ball sander on a drilling machine, but do not worry, you can create those beautiful wooden bowls without them. Of course having those everything will make life easier but you can fill missing tools with the ones you have :) (I know as a beginner I did :).
I did not believe a second when I read the comment by Donald J. Bosman. Dear Sir, as I mentioned at the beginning, I am not a native English speaker and yet I understood what author meant easily without a glitch :). I really do not think you read the book thoroughly :).
Lastly, I want to thank Carole for this exceptional book and sharing her knowledge. I definitely recommend this book for everybody.
Have a nice day :).
I can use either my scroll or band saw to cut the boards into segments for gluing, and I can still mount these roughed out bowls on my lathe to thin and sand them if I want to.
The really neat thing is that I can do this frugally without leaving a bunch of chips and dust on the floor. (All that paid for, wasted material from a now hollow big block of wood).
Well written and beautifully illustrated, enjoy some possibilities...!