Initially I turn the rim of the bowl reasonably thinly and evenly before using a Dremel type carving tool to carve each individual hole. It takes me a long time since I have to be careful when carving to try to ensure that the holes are spaced evenly and also that I don't end up with some very big holes and other tiny holes which wouldn't give the same effect. Finally I hand sand each hole in turn.

There are several tools available that can be used for the carving but they mainly fall into two types air-powered drills and mains powered drills.

When I do lacework bowls the random pattern of holes I carve are all done by eye but when I create the more elaborate and complex designs such as the tallship on the platter or the seahorses on the Sea Life Vase I mark the designs out first. I also often enhance the carving by burning parts of the design with a pyrography kit.

I have now released a woodturning DVD on this particular subject, called Lacework Techniques with Yvonne Arlott, which covers it in more detail including the turning and carving of the Sea Life Vase.

Blue Star Bowl