52 Weeks 52 Bowls Project

Aim: To make a wooden bowl each week for a year from a different UK grown wood.

Inspiration: I was inspired by some spoon carver friends who just completed a project to make a different spoon each week for a year. However, I’ve made it harder for myself by having to source different woods for each bowl!

Reason: To celebrate the wonderful array of different woods we can grow in the UK, and to help both myself, and the woodworking community in general, to better understand their properties.

Outcome: When the project finishes in early 2023 I will put these all on display, with the exact location TBD (but hopefully somewhere local to Bristol, UK!)

If interested, please follow along on Instagram at #52weeks52bowls and @geoffhannis

Tree Countdown: 9 Trees to find.

I am still yet to source enough different wood-types for this project, as you can imagine this is quite tricky! I am looking for pieces at least 3 inches in diameter and preferably straight without knots. The following is a list of trees which if you are a home or forest owner and have one of the following trees cut or fall down please do let me know! Equally if you are a tree surgeon, please let us know if you are asked to cut one of these! I am sure I have missed some too! Thanks! 🙂

  • Maidenhair (Gingko)
  • Juniper
  • Magnolia
  • Rhododendron (Laurel)
  • Blackthorn
  • Damson
  • Buckthorn (Alder or Purging)
  • Guelder Rose
  • Smokebush
  • Mahonia (Oregon Grape)
  • Hickory
  • Wingnut
  • Keaki (Zelkova)
  • Almond
  • Loquat
  • Golden Rain Tree
  • Oleaster
  • Medlar
  • Thuja
  • Hackberry
  • Handkerchief Tree (Dove Tree)
  • Gorse

The following trees I think I have access to but if anyone hears of these coming down then, please let me know in case it doesn’t work out:

  • poplar, yew, olive, raoul, monkey puzzle, cedar, sumac, pittosporum

The following trees are at the workshop, either turned and drying, or will be turned in the coming weeks:

  • sweet chestnut, lime, box, cherry, plum, maple, pear, eucalyptus, garrya elliptica, cotoneaster, fig, robinia, walnut, labernum, eucryphia

These are the bowls already turned and made public:

  • hawthorn, oak, spindle, dogwood, birch, holly, bay, tree of heaven, tulip, hornbeam, elm, sea buckthorn, elder, apple, mulberry, pine, hazel, arbutus (pictured), plane, ash, sorbus, sycamore, horse chestnut, beech, lime, catalpa, alder, cypress.