Sandersons Wooden Bowls

Our wooden bowls exhibit exceptional craftsmanship
Elegant and beautiful, our wooden bowls exhibit exceptional craftsmanship.

Our salad bowl sets are perfect wedding gifts and housewarming gifts
Salad bowl sets are great for wedding gift ideas and housewarming gifts.

Our unique wood pens make great gifts
Unique, hand-turned pens make a perfect gift - no two are alike.

Bowls designed to accentuate the wood's natural beauty
Our bowls are designed to accentuate the wood's natural beauty.

Hand-turned Bottlestoppers for your kitchen and wine cabinet
Elegant yet practical bottlestoppers for your wine cabinet or as a gift.

Each wooden bowl is unique
Each bowl is unique - hand-turned in East Burke, Vermont.

The Process of Making a Wooden Bowl at Sanderson's Wooden Bowls

At Sanderson's Vermont Wooden Bowls, the process of making one of our wood bowls takes over a year from start to finish. It begins by choosing the right piece of wood - we use only Northeast Kingdom Vermont sourced woods for all the bowls in our workshop, but we are happy to use a custom piece of wood if a client has some wood they would like us to work with.

Once we choose the right log for our project, be it a wood bowl, dish, platter, or art piece, we turn the green wood until it is approximately the right size. We leave a 10% thickness on this rough-turned bowl, and coat it generously with wax. The bowl is then stored for a full year so it can dry completely, slowly and naturally. The slow-drying will slightly warp and twist the bowl, but it is slow enough that the bowl rarely cracks or splits. At the end of the year, the extra thickness that we left on the bowl before drying allows us enough material to re-turn the bowl to its final shape and finish it.