From an early age I was blessed with an adventurous spirit and an affinity with nature.
I always had a passion for wood and began exploring the art of wood turning in the early ‘90s. From the first hour I spent on a lathe I knew I’d found what I want to do in life.
This creative play continues to nourish me in every way. Each bowl captures a unique journey of its own.
Craftsman and master woodworker Rodney Band makes hand-turned wooden bowls from his workshop at Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie, just outside of Cape Town.
Each bowl is completely unique – its shape, size and form determined by the type of wood and it’s unique grain, as well as its age, size, number of branches and more. While the outside of each bowl is turned, the insides are sculpted by Rodney using a tool he designed himself, which allows him to shape the bowl in an asymmetrical way that best suits the piece of wood.
From his favourite soft wood, Cork Oak, to harder wood like Norfolk Pine that is very difficult to sand, to the indigenous Wild Olive root that creates beautiful holes in the bowl, to rare finds like Red Ivory... Rodney Band is happiest when working with wood and crafting nature’s raw materials into pieces of art. Most of his wood comes from trees that have naturally fallen and so his practice is one of sustainability, repurposing that which otherwise would inevitably go to waste or end up as firewood.
Visit him in his studio workshop in Imhoff Farm or order work from him online, via email or his website. Each bowl takes 7 days to make so Rodney produces only four bowls per month. He also creates commissions so get in touch if there is a specific type of wood, colour, size or shape that you’d like as a centrepiece in your home.
Journey of the bowl
I spot a sleeping tree stump or root. From there I decide on what size is most suited. With a "HEAVE" and all my might I attach the great stump to my lathe.
I spend days and days spontaneously shaping the piece. After many hours of love a one-of-a-kind piece is organically brought to life.
Each bowl is finely polished and coated with exclusive Danish oil.
I suggest keeping your bowl out of direct sunlight and buff it regularly with a soft dust cloth.
I create approximately 4 bowls per month and each one is entirely unique.
May you find joy in the pieces as I have done in creating them.
Just as there is no fingerprint alike so will there never be a bowl alike.