Most Sounding Bowls are made to order. We give the time and care that’s needed to ensure everyone is matched with a Bowl that suits their needs. We offer guidance throughout the process, in person, by video-link with no obligation at all. Or you are welcome to visit our Studio or one of our workshops if you would like to experience the Bowls first hand before finalising your decision. When choosing a Sounding Bowl you may discover quite easily which of the six types you need or you may wish to discuss it with us.
We guarantee that you will be delighted with the Sounding Bowl we make for you. If not, you are not bound to accept it. We will make you another until you are completely happy. A deposit taken with order is carried over until you are happy with your Sounding Bowl. Making a Sounding Bowl to order allows us to direct it to you and your intentions for playing and working that creates something quite special and always unique.
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When commissioning a Sounding Bowl the 3 major things to consider are:
We have over 200 pieces of wood in a dozen species ready and waiting to become your Sounding Bowl. If the right piece for you is not among these we have a handful of specialist wood suppliers who can offer us musical quality hardwoods. Every human being is multifaceted and we are confident we can find a piece that will gell with you and your purposes to healing effect. This is not always of the species that the customer first imagined. “The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing”
Our makers tune into the aesthetics of each Bowl throughout the making process to create instruments of beauty and depth. Each and every Sounding Bowl that is produced in our workshop is unique in appearance, there is however, further opportunity for you to add your personal touch, symbolism or sentiment to your Bowl. Below are a few examples of ways you can do this.
The trees asked the owner of this Plane-wood Lyre Bowl to sing their song and so the multi-coloured tuning peg were made from various wood types in honour of the trees that she will be working with.
The owner of this Yew Bridging Bowl works with worlds above and below our normal awareness.
In the weaving of these two she holds our present reality to be created.
The mood of a Bowl can be varied greatly with different coloured pegs or stain washes. Staining the whole Bowl is something we sometimes do on stock items. On a commission we do this only at a customer’s request. Staining the pegs is usually done to the maker’s artistic eye for the Bowl and wood in hand; but we are happy to discuss this with you should you have a particular preference of colour.
We carve five feet onto the underside of the Bowls because five is the number representative of Man and of transformational change. The feet are individually carved into a pattern that is harmonious with the wood and shape of the Bowl; they are a mark of the artistic involvement of the individual maker. If someone has particular needs with regards to the shaping of their feet we are always happy to discuss this with them otherwise they can rest assured that the choice of foot shape will be an integral artistic whole with the sound, feel and look of their instrument.