Salad Bowl

Monday 9 July 2018

I have seen many superb examples of salad bowls at other turners homes but it is one particular item I have made for other people but not for my wife Jane.

Hopefully now when we have guests they can ask, “Is this one you made Nick?” And I will happily be able to answer, “Oh yes!”

In the January and February issues of Woodturning (see WT184 and WT185) I looked at rough turning and re-turning to the lathe. I covered rough turning in considerable depth including making nested bowls. For this project, I used one of these rough turned bowls that has been residing patiently in the top of my workshop.

The salad bowl needs to be made of an interesting timber so it looks attractive on your table; and the base of the bowl needs to be large enough so it is stable in use. For the design, consider what diameter and depth is required, how many you need to serve and how easy is it to toss your salad in the bowl. It is also important that the finish you use is food safe and it can be replenished. Vegetable oil is always good because it can be found in most kitchens.

For my salad bowl, I chose sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) but ash (Fraxinus excelsior), beech (Fagus), sycamore (Acer), walnut (Juglans nigra) or even fruit woods (if the sizes required are available) are also ideal.

To compliment this bowl, I made the salad severs using a contrasting timber, in this case, walnut (Juglans nigra) as it would be lovely and dark with a coat of oil. The blank was 25mm (1in) x 25mm (1in) x 230mm (9in).