A Lesson in Curves
Hank Gilpin’s designs are driven more by the wood than by a preconceived notion of how the form should look. In another shop, the wood for these pieces might have ended up in the stove or scrap pile, but Gilpin saw a better use in them. As with his larger pieces, these smaller examples narrow the divide between sculpture and function. The design is sparse enough to let the wood’s color, texture, and grain show through, but still interesting enough at first glance to capture attention. To build this bowl and tray, all you’ll need is a steady hand at the bandsaw and a few hand tools. As for the talent to design others like them, that might take a decade or two to develop.
Begin at the bandsaw