Who We Are

Established in 1992, the Bowl Kit Company provides educational materials and supplies to those who want to learn about segmented wood turning.

Historic Notes

Wooden staved containers have been around for a very long time and some of the first we know about were common wine barrels bound with metal hoops dating from the first millennia BCE. Early Greek and Roman writers credit the Celts or Gauls with this tradition and the earliest known coopering tools date to about 100 BCE. These barrels were used in the wine and oil trades in the Mediterranean and the Romans regularly shipped tuns (staved barrels) of wine and olive oil to eager buyers all over Europe and the Near East.

During the second millennia CE, many drinking and eating vessels in Europe were made from segment or stave constructed woods bound by wood or metal hoops in the coopering tradition. These were mostly utilitarian objects like staved tankards (beer mugs) and shallow "quaich" drinking bowls of coopered staves which sometimes doubled as bloodletting bowls. These vessels fall under the general category of "treen" ware or domestic utensils made of wood and are usually made of common hard woods like oak, sycamore and walnut bound with silver, brass or willow hoops and rims.

With the advent of contemporary craft movement of the late 20th Century, there was a revival of these ancient arts but with a new purpose. The aesthetic nature of the vessel along with new tools and techniques helped give birth to a new artform called Segmented Woodturning.

Staved Scandinavian tankard

Photos from Domestic
Utensils of Wood by
Owen Evan-Thomas,
Bemrose & Sons, 1932

Walnut quaich with coopered staves and silver rim c.1700

Coopered quaich forms with silver and willow hoops 18th century