This thin walled red alder bowl weighs in at around 10 1/2 ounces. I turned it thin to give a light feel, and rounded the bottom to give the feeling of floating. Some people like the feeling of heft to a wood bowl—but this bowl gives the exact opposite feeling.
The idea is one I discussed at length with master woodturner David Ellsworth a couple months ago at his home in Pennsylvania. I'm calling these floating bowls...where the curve of the bowl starts from flat on its base, arcing out. This shape just feels like the bowl is floating on a table or counter, the line between bowl and what's under it is not so defined as other shapes of bowls.
While this bowl is only 2/3 to 1/2 of the thickness and weight of most bowls its size, it is still plenty strong enough for holding fruit, salad, and dinner rolls.
You'll see the usual amazing color patterns and rays of this ancient red alder that lived and died a half dozen miles from Sitka up a dry creek bed. I hope you enjoy this floating bowl.
Bowl measures: 11 5/8" X 2 3/4"