Over the past year, Ted created a series of Dizzy Bowls that sold almost as quickly as he could make them. Dizzy Bowls are segmented bowls that are constructed, starting at the top, from a series of rings. The process is time-consuming and requires meticulous accuracy in cutting and laminating the various woods that make up each layer of the bowl.
The results are stunning and sometimes surprising. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, Dizzy Bowls are sometimes like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get.
Ted’s latest Dizzy Bowl is named “Fire and Ice.” It is 11″ wide at the rim and 5-1/2″ tall and has a separate 7-3/4″ square base. It is turned from hard maple, red dyed veneer, and SpectraPly (a hardwood laminate formed from layers of pigmented birch veneer).
“Murmuration” is 11-1/2″ wide at the rim and 4″ tall. This bowl was turned from hard maple, black cherry, purpleheart, bloodwood, dyed veneer, and SpectraPly.
“Marmalade” is 11-1/2″ wide at the rim and 4-1/2″ tall. It was turned from maple, walnut, dyed veneer, and SpectraPly.
“Breaking Wave” is 11″ wide at the rim and 5″ high and turned from walnut, maple, wenge, walnut veneer, and maple veneer.
Ted’s first Dizzy Bowl didn’t have a name but was the most intricate in terms of the number of wood species used. This bowl is 11-3/8″ wide at the rim and 3-1/2″ tall and was turned from butternut, walnut, padauk, dyed veneer, phoebe, cherry, maple, and bloodwood.
“4th of July” is 11-1/4″ wide at the rim and 5-1/4″ tall. It was turned from figured soft maple, bloodwood, walnut, wenge, cherry, and SpectraPly.
“Feathers” is 11-1/2″ wide at the rim and 4-1/2″ tall. This bowl was turned from cherry, walnut, and SpectraPly and got its name from the pattern resembling feathers of a bird’s wing in flight.
Stay tuned to see the next new Dizzy Bowl creation from Ted’s Woodshop.
2 responses to “Dizzy Bowls We Have Known and Loved”
Great works. Do you have (willing to share)the lamination process for “Feathers” or similar dizzy bowls?
Thanks, Leon. We have a short article on dizzy bowl construction in our blog at https://tedswoodshop.com/dizzy-bowl/
It’s in the blog archives from 2014 — click on the “Dizzy Bowls” category and it should now appear in the list. The YouTube video Ted used for inspiration was posted by Dennis Edwards on February 15, 2014.