For ten years an apprenticeship programme to become a Sounding Bowl maker ran from our workshop.
During this period around a dozen people studied with Tobias. Five of them completed the course and graduated capable of making bowls indistinguishable from an original. Within a few years these makers, too will start to train others.
Could you make one of these?
Sounding Bowls are copyright through original intellectual property. We have trained five makers who are now working in the Austria, Ireland, the UK and the USA. New trainings will become available in due course but for the moment these five are the sole makers in the world. All our work goes out through this website portal, the shop page contains everything presently completed. New work is constantly coming online and you can commission any piece from any maker. Each of our makers is protected by the copyright and maintains standards that boost the work of our bowls worldwide.
All our pieces are amongst the highest quality wood turning anywhere in the world and the level of concentration and application that goes into each bowl is of the highest order, so the critical factor will be not just the ability to master the most demanding techniques (for instance the base of our bowls is the thickness of a matchstick) … but also the ability to master your own self.
The initial apprenticeship will be determined by the reaching the exacting standards required and it is anticipated that this will be in the region of one year before you are able to make a Sounding Bowl to be proud of. Completion of training lies in your ability to complete one of each of the six types of Sounding Bowl without further assistance and to a standard compatible with our own.
On completion of training you gain a Journeyman Maker’s certificate and will have the option of setting up as a maker under the guidance of Tobias Kaye who also offers to sell everything you make while assisting you in pursuing the highest standards. Alternatively there may be an opportunity to join the team in Tobias’s own workshop where you can expect a long career of the utmost satisfaction, due to not just our increase in demand but because we are the sole providers of these exceptional instruments through our copyright and patent protection. On completion of 200 approved Sounding Bowls your Journeyman Certificate will be transmuted into a Mastership certificate under which you have independent quality control and may take on your own apprentices.
Please send a CV or if you prefer, email to arrange for an initial telephone appointment with Tobias Kaye. Successful applicants will then be expected to attend an interview process.