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500 Wood Bowls (500 Series) (500 (Lark Paperback)) Paperback – 1 Aug 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books,U.S.; 1st ed edition (1 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579904831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579904838
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 20.6 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you are looking for ideas for a project, an excellent source is Lark Books' 500 Series. While this series covers many craft media, woodworkers will find the most inspiration from "500 Cabinets, 500 Tables, 500 Chairs, 400 Wood Boxes", and "500 Wood Bowls". Even if you are not looking for ideas, there is much in these books to appreciate and enjoy. You will probably do lots of nodding, plenty of eye widening, some jaw dropping, and, naturally, some wincing. Each book delivers a huge quantity of outstanding work." --Rob Porcaro, "Heartwood: Inside the Woodshop"

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Superb pictures and a source of inspiration
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
inspiration abounds 3 Sept. 2004
By Howard Borer - Published on
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No tool reviews, no "how-to" pages: just pictures of beautiful bowls. Some right off the lathe, and some where the lathe was the tool that created the canvas, and then the artist started to create. Many names I recognized, and lots of new names also. Highly recommended if you want to see fresh ideas from both the known and not-yet-known.

Excellent photography throughout.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
500 Wood Bowls is worth 500 Stars!!!! 29 Sept. 2005
By RR - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is beyond awesome!! What a fine collection of bowls, from the most intricate to the outlandishly uncommon. This book has the most incredible collection of innovative turning, carving, and transforming of wood that I have even seen. From intricate inlays to woodburned accents, including segmented to free form with every unbelievable artistic vision and extra-ordinary form of artwork in between. Many common ordinary available woods along with exotic and worldly woods are shown in so many unthinkable showpieces. Every new page turned brings "I can't believe how incredible" to a new height.

Some leave one wondering just "How could this be done?"

If anyone ever needs a book to inspire, motivate, and capture the drive within to create, this is the book.

Every photo is crisp, clear, in color, and close-up. Each labeled with the dimensions and some with the author, and most all with the type of wood used.

416 pages, many with 2 pictures per page. Very professionaly photographed and displayed in an exceptional book.

Some books show bowls, this book inspires greatness!!

Highly recommended and a book to KEEP!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
497, 498, 499, ... 23 April 2006
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on
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The publisher of this book is also responsible for '400 Wood Boxes,' which I reviewed about a year ago. Both books are juried photographic collections of the work of contemporary woodcrafters. '500 Wood Bowls' is a more eclectic selection composed of almost anything that could be considered a bowl that has some wood in it. This actually is my one complaint about an otherwise very well done collection. In favoring the more modern and experimental work, a great deal of contemporary work that is more traditional, and more focused on the wood got left out.

Don't get me wrong, there's much to admire and wonder at. As a struggling woodturner I find much inspiration here, and a good deal to feel envious about. I've just added a large lathe to my workshop, and bowls continue to elude me. If it wasn't for books like this I would have resigned myself to making very expensive dowels. Here the reader sees possibility and knows that incredibly fine work can be done, whether he be turner, carver, or a collector. Lark books should be congratulated for a very high quality effort at a very reachable price.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Oh snail climb mount Fuji 24 Dec. 2007
By James R. Eagleton Jr. - Published on
Format: Paperback
Having turned hundreds of bowls over the last five years
I thought I was a competent bowl turner, until I purchased
this book.......... Every page has work that I have never been
able to do.......This material is challenging and life changing.
After studying this book I took my lathe and threw it off the top
of the tallest mountain In all of Oklahoma. I then came to my senses,
Recovered my lathe, still useable after an 18 inch drop.
I have started turning again....with renewed vision and focus.
"Oh snail climb mount Fuji"
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to turn bowls
And wants to see really amazing work.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wow 4 Jan. 2008
By jbksman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Bought this for my dad for Christmas. Anyone that picked it up couldn't put it down. I looked through it at least 5 times before leaving for home. Great photography and very inspirational to anyone who turns wood.
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