How to Make a Beautiful Bowl from Worthless Log

  • Published on Aug 4, 2018
  • In this video, I'll show you how to turn a piece of firewood into a beautiful pierced Bowl. I rough turned the Poplar log in 2016 to a wall thickness of 25mm and coated it with wood glue ( easier to get than Anchor seal where I live). When the moisture content of the bowl didn't changed anymore i turned to its final thickness. I had a catch while doing so. but i managed to glue it back together. After the final thickness was achieved i sanded it up to p400 grit. and applied a coat of Danish oil. With a Rotary tool, i carved (pierced) the bowl with random shapes. Sadly i forgot to measure the thickness of the bottom so I couldn't finish turning the foot. I coated the Bowl with 2 coats of Danish oil afterward.
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Comments • 489

  • The Clint
    The Clint 11 months ago +41

    Theres nothing like a good coat of Hellmanns on your bowls

    • singingbowels
      singingbowels 5 days ago +1

      Jeeper! I misread that as bowels. Major double take. Fantastic idea and well executed Ollari.

    • aneerenb
      aneerenb 7 months ago +1

      @Don Vanco I thought it was mayo too :)

    • Juan Colome
      Juan Colome 10 months ago +1

      Amazing work mate

    • sue mount
      sue mount 10 months ago +1

      Thank god you said that I thought I was seeing things

    • Lena Nordmark
      Lena Nordmark 11 months ago

      The Clint v

  • Aaed Enaya
    Aaed Enaya 8 days ago

    israel eelm+arab stolen Oil VS Rasool Aaed Enaya Elm&Rain ..Who will WIN after 56yrs of CCrimez!!!

  • Tina Carson
    Tina Carson 9 days ago +1

    That is very cool looking!
    You’re very talented with a lot of patience❤️

  • Deaf Talent
    Deaf Talent 12 days ago

    Do you sell the items you make on this channel?

  • Keith Bonnici
    Keith Bonnici 19 days ago +1

    Wow just wow.

  • Terry Offord
    Terry Offord 21 day ago

    Great job and a wonderful,even delicate design,Thank you for showing this work.

  • Goofy J
    Goofy J 25 days ago +1

    Unique and gorgeous.

    • Goofy J
      Goofy J 25 days ago

      @Ollari's your very welcome..talent is talent.

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  25 days ago


  • Rock Wood
    Rock Wood 26 days ago +1

    There is no such thing as a worthless log.

  • Silvia Rodríguez
    Silvia Rodríguez Month ago +1

    Holaaaaa 😉🤗😘 saludos cordiales desde San Luis Potosí México. Muy hermoso trabajo, me gustaría saber si los vendes y dónde se pueden adquirir

  • Rita Carle
    Rita Carle Month ago +1

    Spectacular piece of work. Loved watching it being done. You are very clever. Greetings from Shetland UK

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  Month ago

      Thank you very much Rita!

  • P C Anoop Kumar
    P C Anoop Kumar 2 months ago +1

    really amazing wow;

  • arif jahan
    arif jahan 3 months ago +1

    Beautiful but fragile

  • Jeremiah Clapp
    Jeremiah Clapp 3 months ago +1

    Whoa!!! That's awesome!

  • Bill Gunnett
    Bill Gunnett 3 months ago

    Nice. Can you share what bit you used.

  • Bill T
    Bill T 3 months ago


  • Lal Ngaiha
    Lal Ngaiha 3 months ago

    Amazing skill work.

  • HRD Heather 77
    HRD Heather 77 3 months ago +1

    I love the bowl and its organic look. Very cool!

  • Tu Vieja
    Tu Vieja 3 months ago +1

    Looks a bit fragile but it's truly beautiful, good work!

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  3 months ago

      Thanks! It is fragile.

  • பக்கிரி பறையர்

    Great work but some where imperfect. Thanks for sharing.

    • பக்கிரி பறையர்
      பக்கிரி பறையர் 4 months ago +1

      Dear friend, i wrote that comment in order to improve your work in a better way. Not to insult your work. I like and respect your hard work.

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  4 months ago

      Why does it need to be perfect? Nothing in life is perfect. Heck, none of us is perfect. Thanks for watching! 🙂

  • Don Fillenworth
    Don Fillenworth 4 months ago

    Wow, that’s crazy! Thanks for sharing.

  • valleywoodworker
    valleywoodworker 4 months ago +1

    Lovin' the Darth Vader moment at 7:55!

  • Диль Айсае
    Диль Айсае 4 months ago

    Что внутрь налил

  • Lёha cool
    Lёha cool 4 months ago +1

    dude, perfect !!! This is the coolest piece of wood I have ever seen.👍👍👍

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  4 months ago

      Thank you very much! Happy you like it!

  • Giuseppe Di
    Giuseppe Di 4 months ago +1


  • Lewis Jeffreys
    Lewis Jeffreys 4 months ago +1

    Awesome thin bowl, you must have nerves of steel. I now have a new standard to aspire to!

  • Steve Blanck
    Steve Blanck 4 months ago +1

    Good job. For some reason I thought that the holes would appear has you finished turning.

  • JW SC
    JW SC 4 months ago

    Can I buy one

  • niklar55
    niklar55 5 months ago

    Beautiful, but it looks so fragile, I'd be scared to use it!

  • screamingmimi90
    screamingmimi90 5 months ago +1


  • Brad Geiger
    Brad Geiger 5 months ago +1

    Nice little bowl, I also couldn't help but notice the carbide tools from TommyG Workshop. I have a full set of them and use them on almost every piece I turn.

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  5 months ago

      Thanks! Yes, they work great!

  • Colin MacVicar
    Colin MacVicar 5 months ago

    You need a smaller shop

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  5 months ago

      Even smaller????? No way!

  • Michael Schofield
    Michael Schofield 5 months ago +1

    Nice work!

  • Szabó Janó
    Szabó Janó 5 months ago +1

    Ismét szuper videó lett! Úgy várom mint régen a Dallast 😀

  • MsHecham
    MsHecham 5 months ago +1

    Unprofessional 👎

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  5 months ago +1

      You are right! Who said that im a professional??? Im just a guy in a shop who likes to try stuff.

  • Tom F
    Tom F 5 months ago +1

    Beautiful dentelle !

  • K Kates
    K Kates 5 months ago +1

    A holey bowl...

  • Jamie Mc
    Jamie Mc 5 months ago

    I would love to learn how to do this

  • Tony Atkins
    Tony Atkins 5 months ago +1

    What size lathe are you using ? I am trying to get started.

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  5 months ago

      Give it a try! You’re gonna love it! It’s pretty much the same as the smallest one Harbor freight or Rockler sells. The biggest bowl that you can turn on it’s about 10”. But it’s perfect for pen turning and other small spindles.

  • Robin Pasternak-Seggelke

    Holy bowl! Pretty work!!!!

  • Jay Allen
    Jay Allen 5 months ago +1

    after seeing you make the first hole you have way more patience than I my friend that's a great Bowl

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  5 months ago

      Thank you very much Jay!

  • westward bound
    westward bound 6 months ago

    I would bet that this guy has muttered the words "it puts the lotion on its skin" while dancing naked in a mirror. Just a guess

  • westward bound
    westward bound 6 months ago

    Sweet bowl. Whats with the mayo lol

  • James Freeman
    James Freeman 6 months ago +1

    A beautiful piece! I hope you won't mind if I perform a similar work. Credit forninspuration will definitely come your way. Thanks!

  • Shaukat Hakim
    Shaukat Hakim 6 months ago +1


  • Mark B
    Mark B 6 months ago

    Very cool. I recognized that “Dremel” tool - we got one at Sams Club (more bits than the Lidl one). Very nice use of some good old wood, your lathe.

  • Fuddie Duddie
    Fuddie Duddie 6 months ago

    It is beautiful.
    Are you mute? I'm not being sarcastic, just wondering. If not, you should talk and say what you're doing.
    You are very talented, thank you for sharing.

  • Michael Nordstedt
    Michael Nordstedt 6 months ago +1

    Very nie bowl!
    What type rotary toll are you using to make the holes?
    I can’t find it in the list.

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  6 months ago

      It’s just the dremel like tool that LIDL sells and the bit came with the tool.

  • marcia vieira
    marcia vieira 6 months ago


  • Angel Vega
    Angel Vega 6 months ago +1

    Was that glue?

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  • Heinrich Illing
    Heinrich Illing 6 months ago

    There's no worthless Wood 😡

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  6 months ago

      No there isn’t! But many people think that.

  • woodstoney
    woodstoney 6 months ago

    Some delicate yet beautiful work on that project. Nicely done!!

  • Charles Johnson
    Charles Johnson 6 months ago

    Great work and video, I will that on my bowl.

  • James Simpson
    James Simpson 6 months ago

    How to make a bowl that won't hold shit and probably won't even float from a perfectly useful and buoyant log.

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  6 months ago

      Do you have any paintings on your wall or any decoration? what's their purpose?

  • Terry Hanson
    Terry Hanson 7 months ago +1

    How in thee heck did you get it that thin with out it flYing apart???
    Wow, that is nice work!!

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  7 months ago

      I was surprised as well! Thank you!

  • Mike Whitaker
    Mike Whitaker 7 months ago +1

    Really nice Bowl II must have taken forever to dremel out all those holes

  • Steve Godwin
    Steve Godwin 7 months ago +1

    Very elegant! Thank you!

  • Саша Филатова

    Вот не удача треснуло. Но получилось красиво и оригинально.

  • Mr. B
    Mr. B 7 months ago +1

    Hi from 🇨🇦. So this is one of the most creative turnings I have seen to date. A very beautiful piece of art. Did you keep track of the time it took to do from start to finish? If so, how long was the complete process ? Something tells me it was NOT 2000 years later. LOL. Also what species of wood was it? Thanks for the amazing video . 👍

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  7 months ago

      Thanks! I’ve dried the rough turned bowl for 1 year and the carving took about 4 hours including the sanding. It’s made from poplar.

  • Muhammad Jahangir
    Muhammad Jahangir 7 months ago +1

    You have created a beautiful product 😊

  • tackless
    tackless 7 months ago

    No log is worthless . There's always some use for it even if it's compost.
    Nice work thank you for the video.

  • Miley onDisney
    Miley onDisney 7 months ago +2

    In all the woodturning videos I've watched, people have their lathes in their workshop, and the stuff flies everywhere and gets on everything. I thought, "Why don't they have the lathe in a small space of its own?" Your space is exactly what I had in mind. Well done! Wow! That turned out to be an incredibly beautiful bowl. Great job!

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  7 months ago

      Thank you very much Miley!

  • PaRay
    PaRay 7 months ago +1

    WOW , das ist eine geniale Schale! Du musst eine Engelsgeduld haben :)

  • Lawrence lawrence
    Lawrence lawrence 7 months ago +1

    A coat of glue on the bowl for drying. I never thought of that. Thanks for the tip. Nice job, I think that I will make one.

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  7 months ago +1

      Thank you very much Lawrence!

  • Michael Fitzpatrick
    Michael Fitzpatrick 7 months ago +1

    mickeyfitz. What a stunning piece of work.KEEP TURNING out this quality... amazing...!!

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  7 months ago

      Thank you very much Michael!

  • dreyhawk
    dreyhawk 8 months ago +1

    Awesome bowl. I loved the sound of the tool as you were putting in the sounded like a swarm of angry bees!

  • ShopDust
    ShopDust 8 months ago

    So dainty! But well executed. Very nice

  • Michael Schultz
    Michael Schultz 8 months ago +7

    How do 163,250 people watch THIS Craftsmanship and only 3,000 people LIKED this???
    I Liked it....

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  8 months ago +1

      Thank you very much Michael!

  • luis antonio gualpa pena
    luis antonio gualpa pena 8 months ago +1

    Puede ser arte.. pero es desperdiciar madera...

  • Tish Kruger
    Tish Kruger 8 months ago +1

    Stunning piece.

  • Richard Perron Jr.
    Richard Perron Jr. 8 months ago +1

    Very nice work, thanks for posting

  • Rebecca ART. AKA ClayFeathers

    Wow! You make it look easy. It’s a beautiful work of art! ❤️

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  8 months ago +1

      Thank you very much Rebecca!

  • Cary Brown
    Cary Brown 8 months ago

    Why did you spread glue inside and outside the bowl?

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  8 months ago

      To seal it. It needs to dry out slowly, so that it didn’t develop any cracks. It takes aroun 1year to dry it out.

  • InMy Opinion
    InMy Opinion 8 months ago +2

    That is beautiful and delicate. What if you put it in a clear resin and then polish it. It would look like it's in its own glass case.

    SAL NEGRO 8 months ago +1

    Stunning piece

  • Jean Loreaud
    Jean Loreaud 8 months ago

    Très joli travail et en plus très joli musique salut Jeannot 🛠😉

  • gekaprog
    gekaprog 8 months ago +1

    I thought of wooden textile.. but that doesn't make sense. beautiful work and of course craftsmanship.

  • Celestine Dunn
    Celestine Dunn 8 months ago +1

    Wow! Love your work!

  • Maria Eugenia Fernandez R.

    One of the most incredible and gorgeous piece of art made in RU-clip. Amazing!!!!

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  8 months ago

      Thank you very much Maria!

  • N fm
    N fm 8 months ago +1


  • yidman
    yidman 8 months ago +1

    Great, great, great. But i also loved it before you put the holes in it!

  • Mar Roza
    Mar Roza 9 months ago +1

    Hermoso! 👍👍👍👍

  • Adam Carroll
    Adam Carroll 9 months ago +1

    Wow... That's beautiful! You're a real artist.

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  9 months ago +1

      There are no stupid questions, i use the glue to seal the wood,so that it dries out slow and evenly. I like to keep them for a year like that.

    • Adam Carroll
      Adam Carroll 9 months ago +1

      You're welcome! I have one question - and I feel very stupid for asking this, or rather for not knowing the answer already - but why did you cover it in a layer of glue to sit for a while (2,000 years LOL... ) ? Did that have something to do with its moisture content/drying? Thanks again! - Adam

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  9 months ago +1

      Thank you very much Adam!

  • CryptoTrader
    CryptoTrader 9 months ago +1

    Lovely wooden sieve you made there !! Only joking. That was really beautiful. Great work man.

  • A Cosmic Castaway
    A Cosmic Castaway 9 months ago +1

    As a trypophobe, I didn't like the design, sorry.

    • A Cosmic Castaway
      A Cosmic Castaway 9 months ago +1

      Ollari's Your work is amazing, don't get me wrong. The shape of the holes are a little bit unsettling for trypophobes tho.

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  9 months ago +1

      Oh, i fully understand that! Maybe I should put a warning on the thumbnail.

  • Andrew Moore
    Andrew Moore 9 months ago +1

    Nice work!

  • JessicaT
    JessicaT 9 months ago +1

    25mm porn!

  • Burton's Attic
    Burton's Attic 9 months ago +1

    Great design Ollari! Really like the super time consuming pattern! I wonder if there is a way to truly stabilize it from cracking in the future or maybe the relieve from the holes it enough to reduce stress? Cool make!

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  9 months ago +1

      Thank you very much! I think it depends on the moisture in the wood/ ambience. But i haven’t noticed any cracking since i made it.

  • Anoop S
    Anoop S 9 months ago +1

    Jimmy diresta. 💪

  • Lindsey Stoneham
    Lindsey Stoneham 9 months ago +1

    Stunning workmanship beautiful awesome and so talented true artist

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  9 months ago

      Thank you very much Lindsey!

  • Marc Millet
    Marc Millet 9 months ago +1

    That's a beauty of a bowl.

  • Caroline Wilson
    Caroline Wilson 9 months ago +1

    Stunning work!!

  • Pablo Edgar Gomez
    Pablo Edgar Gomez 9 months ago

    Estoy enamorado de lo que realizas.

  • Peet Schultz
    Peet Schultz 10 months ago +1

    Steady hand and a lot of patience! Well Done!

  • Jessica Rupp
    Jessica Rupp 10 months ago

    What was that rotary bit you used? I’ve been looking for something like that.

  • Brad Woodfield
    Brad Woodfield 10 months ago +1

    Have you tries paste wax to avoid tear-outs?

    • Brad Woodfield
      Brad Woodfield 10 months ago +1

      Ya, the wax will help bond and support the fibres, then you don't need to worry about waiting for the wood glue to dry.

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  10 months ago

      No, I haven’t! Does it work? When should I apply it? When I’m turning it??

  • vanislescotty
    vanislescotty 10 months ago +1

    Beautiful. Wonderfully creative mind and awesome skills.

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  10 months ago

      Thank you very much!

  • GetMeThere1
    GetMeThere1 10 months ago +1

    It's an amazing piece of artistry. Unfortunately (perhaps), many who see it would not appreciate the amount of work involved.

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  10 months ago

      Thank you very much! Fortunately everybody seems to like it!

  • Ramona Hopewell
    Ramona Hopewell 10 months ago +1


  • danny drevo
    danny drevo 10 months ago +1

    I wanna make one too. Is the mayonnaise an essential part of the process or can I get by with tartar sauce? Good work though mate!

    • Ollari's
      Ollari's  10 months ago +1

      I “wood” stick with the mayonnaise! Although it was just wood glue in a HEINZ BBQ bottle. Thanks