The Veneer Herringbone

This bowl design, which is my favorite among the smaller bowls, is about 2 1/4" high by 7 1/4" wide, and is constructed from 85 pieces of wood. This is my first foray into the use of veneers in my bowls. Using veneers this way is a real test of one's ability to assemble these things carefully -- since the stripes are so thin, if they are misaligned by more than three or four thousandths of an inch, it shows. The bowl show is an example of what it looks like when it is done correctly. I have plenty of the other kind at home. . . .

I guess I have to give credit to Bud Latven for the basic theme for this design: He has a company, called (appropriately enough) "The Bowl Kit Company", that sells precut kits for making segmented wooden bowls, as well as an assortment of plans for building segmented bowls; the plans and bowls are retailed by several of the major mail-order woodworking companies. I haven't looked at his plans, but I've seen pictures of the sample bowls for some of them, and one has a herringbone that looks vaguely like this. I stared at it for a while, and while I don't know how his plan says to do it, I figured out a way that works pretty well for me.

My father objected to calling the very thin pieces of wood in this piece "veneers", since they aren't being used as veneers (i. e., as a thin layer on the top or front of something), but I'm not sure what else to call them (the catalog calls them veneers).