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]