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Heirloom Wood Bowls

In 1977, David Lorry was one of the first two students to participate in an apprenticeship woodworking class at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he taught himself to make his unusually thin wooden bowls. Since that time David and his wife, Suella, have been working as a team to produce their beautiful (and functional!) wooden bowls. The process begins with the selection of the wood. David chooses to work with wood types generally found in Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois. Once he starts turning the bowl on the lathe he must work through to completion, which takes from one to three hours. Then four to five coats of epoxy are applied with a small, fine brush to minimize drips and runs. Suella hand sands between coats of finish to ensure smoothness, and the final coat is rubbed with increasingly fine steel wool. The bowls are made to be used and appreciated for years and are easy to care for; just wash in soapy water.

Please note: We have sold out of David's bowls and are not likely to get any more before we close on October 31st. Reach out to him directly at his website at or email us to be on a list to be notified in the even that we receive one last shipment.

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