August Meeting Demonstrator – John Shrader

This month’s demonstrator is John Shrader.

John Shradershrader bloodwood bowlMost wood is only available in flat boards. This demo will show how to make bowls from a single board using stacked rings and also how to make multiple closed forms from a single board using staved construction. I will show how the limitation of these approaches can actually be an opportunity for design innovation. For example, the grain direction can be manipulated to produce different surface designs, even with the same shape. If a design is embedded in the disk before the tapered rings are cut out of it, the design of the final bowl can be startlingly different from the initial design.