Step 1: Walk the dog, but don’t throw him/her sticks, keep them.
Step 2: Cut to length, drill and add some wire, easy!
Step 3: Finally, empty the biscuit tin (yummy) and fashion a base.
Last week I used an empty baked beans tin, this week I thought I’d be even thriftier and use twigs! Okay, I also used some wire and an old biscuit tin, but the main material is good ‘ol twigs, as found on the ground under trees. Actually that’s the best thing about this project, not that it’s made from a free resource, but that the first step involves getting off your sofa and into the countryside.
On top of this, my bowl has an added claim to fame – the twigs were gathered from Burnham Beeches, an ancient English woodland that has been featured in many movies including ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’, ‘Princess Bride’ and ‘Harry Potter’! And no, I didn’t make a special pilgrimage, I happen to live nearby – it’s where I walk the dog and kids.
So why not give it a go? You’ll find details on how to make your own bowl below – if you have any questions, just leave me a comment.
Please note: You will also, most likely, need to sand the ‘biscuit tin’ base to remove the printed surface. I’d also suggest spending some time, after steps 8 and 9, shaping the bowl by bending the twigs and tweaking the wire with pliers.
1) Measuring guide – print out at 100%
2) Collectable instructions – they are useful and they look good
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Have a look at Robin Wood’s blog, he’s a wood turner that uses a foot-powered lathe to make traditional bowls and plates from local timber. He’s also passionate about preserving heritage crafts.