Chef Bear Bowls

Solid in Function Beautiful in Form

I am Chef Bear and I make wooden bowls.  Beautiful bowls, salad bowls, fruit bowls, everything bowls, your favorite bowl that you reach for everyday. Greener than Green, Righter than Rain, from West Virginia Hardwoods -- I made your Bowl.

My Bowls come from "Almost Heaven"


I get Logs from storm damaged trees and Cut-Offs from one of the local mills.

I get Logs from storm damaged trees and Cut-Offs from one of the local mills.

We live in the Appalachian Mountains surrounded by beautiful deciduous hardwood forest.  I am not out in the woods cutting down trees.  I get my materials from storm damaged trees, tree trimmers, and I utilize Cut-Offs from one of the local mills.  Gathering good solid materials is a labor intensive process that keeps me young and it's great for my back!

 

My Logging Truck, fully loaded and probably on my way to shuttle kids around or fetch the groceries.

My Logging Truck, fully loaded and probably on my way to shuttle kids around or fetch the groceries.

It took about a year to get all the pieces of the supply chain puzzle in place.  I do a lot of horse trading greasing and relationship building in the process, cause the better we all do, the better we all do!

The guy in the crane with the big log hanging above my truck -- I want him to be supper happy, glad to see me.

The guy in the crane with the big log hanging above my truck -- I want him to be supper happy, glad to see me.

So, everybody's happy, and I've got a load of wood...  Lets start cutting.  

My back dock where I slab stuff out.

My back dock where I slab stuff out.

I like big saws and I cannot lie.

I like big saws and I cannot lie.

Once it's in the door I take it to the bandsaw and make it mostly round, usually.  I cut thick slabs and half rounds on the bandsaw in preparation for the lathe.

 

When I can square off the bottom of the piece, I can I can run a quick line with a Sharpie and a template, and then cut it out. 

When I can square off the bottom of the piece, I can I can run a quick line with a Sharpie and a template, and then cut it out. 

When I can't get two flat parallel surfaces to work with using a template as a guide works well.  A pilot hole and today I'm using a cheap ballpoint pen to hold things in place.

When I can't get two flat parallel surfaces to work with using a template as a guide works well.  A pilot hole and today I'm using a cheap ballpoint pen to hold things in place.

All photos taken by me ChefBear, on my iPhone, as life happens.