Shaping beautiful curves from plywood
Synopsis: Multiple layers of birch plywood, cut roughly to shape and carved using power tools, are the basis of Kerry Vesper’s sculptural bowls. The flowing lines of the plywood’s edges add interest to the bowls, and the designs are limited only by the imagination. Here he shows how he designs his bowls, shapes the blanks, glues them up, and then uses a variety of power tools to end up with a finished piece.
My process of making vessels evolved out of a desire to create expressive forms in spontaneous fashion. My goal is to capture a fluid form in wood. I start by gluing up multiple pieces of birch plywood cut roughly to shape and then i use power carving and sanding tools to create a flowing, sculptural form.
I began using plywood decades ago because I had no room for the equipment needed to thickness-plane boards. I…