Uniquely Thin Wooden Bowls By Robert Bader

These were in the window of a shop in Hanapepe on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. They were very thin, and exquisite.They were apparently turned on a lathe, but I can’t imagine how.

4 Responses to Uniquely Thin Wooden Bowls By Robert Bader

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey Lloyd, did you happen to notice the price? Bet they were pricey.

    Years ago (thirty plus), I was an observer at a woodturning workshop in Saskatchewan. The Artist woodturner (lathe) (not sure I have terms correct but he did use a lathe)
    that led the workshop did astonishing work, turning very thin beautiful bowls too.

    I seem to recall, even back then they were hugely pricey (he mentioned what they went for in the art gallery). Amazing to watch him turn them on the lathe…Even more amazing he was able to get his knowledge across to the students (including one Nun), who didn't do too bad a job of "copying his techniques".

  2. Anonymous says:

    Robert Bader Wood Sculpture

  3. Anonymous says:

    Any idea what kind of tropical Wood it is? My guess would be Monkey Pod or is it Monkey Puzzle. Dynomite stuff, would make a great lamp shade if thin enough for light to glow thru.

  4. Klaas V. says:

    If I had to mill such a thin bowl, I think I should do it as follws:
    1) mill the outside of the bowl, leaving the inside massive
    2) turn a support structure with the negative shape of the backside of the bowl
    3) "kit" the bowl in the support structure
    4) mill the inside of the bowl

    Just thinking…

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