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First of all, I’m not a woodturner;  my basic woodworking skills are getting there, but I haven’t ever turned a bowl, pen, leg, or baseball bat. But when I was dropping off some chicken eggs at the local Amish store and found someone had some turned bowls for sale there and they were going for $50 to $100 a bowl depending on how complex it was, my immediate dream was to knock out a couple hundred of them and retire early.  I never got around to it — but if I ever do, I may make ’em with these BowlSaws.

Dick Steussy made the BowlSaw because he wanted a low-cost tool that woodworkers could use to core 6″ to 8″ bowl blanks and make another bowl. Now you can spend a couple hundred dollars on “higher end” and “higher cost” models that’ll do this, but Steussy’s BowlSaw will probably make more sense for a beginner or occasional carver.  He makes the saws from “Swiss-made” Sawzall-style blades and a sturdy handle — think saw blade welded on to the end of a metal rod.

The 6″ model will core 5-1/2″ to 6-1/2″ bowls, and the 8″ will core 7-1/2″ to 8-1/2″ bowls. The set of BowlSaws will set you back about $40 — and at that price sometimes it’s easier to buy than make your own. But if you’re interested, Dick offers a “try it before you buy” option at the time of writing this article.

BowlSaw [Official Site]


6 Responses to More Bowls For Your Bucks With The BowlSaw

  1. Gary says:

    Haven’t used one but I’ve seen reviews. Most of the reviews tend to be positive. One of these days I may give it a try.

    Be careful with turning, Paul. It’s a blackhole that you never completely climb out of, so the rest of your woodworking projects keep getting pushed off. Especially if you start selling. I haven’t sold many bowls, but I have sold a bunch of pens. Not enough to retire on, but it pays for the habit.

  2. slapinem says:

    I’ve been turning for about 6 years and selling turned bowls,platers,boxes,bottlestoppers,ect. for about 3 and a half years now,i always wanted to get one of those expensive bowl coring systems.I mean lets face it any time we can save some material we really should,and i have had a few people at a few of the places i sell through say turning wood bowls wastes to mutch wood.now with this (assuming it works well)i can get 2 bowls out of 1 blank for 40$ instead of 200$ or 300$. I think this is well worth a try for 40$.

  3. matt says:

    so, uhhh, what do they do eh?

  4. russ says:

    Matt – click the link to the website. It even answered my questions.


  5. jamie says:

    only weird old men turn things. out of bubinga. like pens.

  6. Frank Townend says:

    I also turn and have given this some thought. The primary difference between this and the “higher cost” coring systems is they allow multiple bowls from one blank and they don’t require you to turn straight sided bowls after coring.

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