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.

Banopolis -- Cause HiHo Cherry Oh will only get you so far...

So, we used to play a lot of HiHo Cherry Oh.  It was fun.  It teaches counting and sportsmanship and all that.  We would play best of 3 and the final game you could play for a quarter, you know to teach "risk evaluation."  We talked about how to tap in to your "good lucky feeling."  We got as much outta that game as we possibly could.  But then what was next?  Monopoly was a cluttered bust of many pieces scatered by pets and short attention spans and  the kids weren't too excited about it either.

We were at the local bookandgame and I saw a bunch of dice and remembered an old favorite from way back.  I got 5 dice and went home and spun a dice cup and a small plate.  I drew out some score cards and Stella and I played several very enjoyable games of Yahtzee!  

The next day Stella was like, "Dad, can we play that game again?"  "What game?" I faked.  "You know that one game, Banopolis!"  (bah - nah - poe- liss ) You bet, I said and we've been playing ever since.  Stella was in Kindergarten then and now she's doing Algebra, Leah is now in 1st grade and it's still fun for all of us.  I think it does a great job of teaching basic Addition and introduces Multiplication with good visual aides, Poker Theory (your building Poker Hands), Game Theory, Strategy, Odds and Probability you can over think it as much as you want, or you can just have fun and watch the kids go nut's when they hit a Banopolis!

Leah going for 3s

Leah going for 3s

 

So we got a new chest freezer and we had to make some room for it down in the basement and that meant that some old shelves had to go.  They were 11" wide 4/4 tight grained cedar.  I knew I didn't wanna just trash em so I put them in the corner of the shop till the right project arrived.  

 

I wanted to add something to the usual market line up and I think some Banopolis sets would work nicely.  The reclaimed Cedar and the Cherry Dice Cups I think work well.

 

 

Here's the prototype for this first batch.

Here's the prototype for this first batch.

Finished with Walnut Oil and Bees Wax  

Finished with Walnut Oil and Bees Wax

 

Yes they are available for the holidays and priced to move at $30 and up.  I'm not gonna stock them all the time when I run out of shelves I'm out of Banopolis.  Look for them at Bridgeport Farmer's Market, Artistry on Main in Buckhannon, or send me an email, or a note at the ChefBear FaceBook Page.

 

 

Math is your friend!

Math is your friend!

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