Hand-carved Hardwoods from the Pacific Northwest

by Norman L. Brown, Woodcarver

Welcome to my page.  I have been a wood artist for over thirty years, specializing in wooden bowls and wildlife sculpture.  

Traditional hand-carving techniques and tools give me the flexibility to emulate things from nature and create geometric shapes.


Hand-carved Hardwood Bowls

What I Do Best


Large Wooden Bowls

All hand-carved from local woods

Each of my wooden bowls is carved from a single, solid block of wood.  Many of my bowls are 30 inches across or more.  I start from raw green logs and it takes a large tree to make a large bowl.

My designs are solely my own, and all of my carving is done manually.  So, no machines, no computers, no lathe. Just my imagination applied to local raw materials to create each one-of-a-kind piece.


Natural Branch Form Bowls

Retaining the character and shape of the log when carving branch form bowls.

The knobs, burls, knots and grain all show through in each of my carved wooden bowls.

I use only a clear, food safe finish so that the natural beauty shows through and each piece is functional art.

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Shapes that Emulate Nature

Grain patterns often determine the shape of a bowl

I study the grain of each log, starting with the bark, before cutting it into blocks of wood, and study each block before I start carving, as the wood grain directs me to the finished bowl