MICHAEL COMBS


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Portrait of Michael Combs

Michael Combs was first exposed to the craft of bowlmaking in 1996 when he saw Bill Day, an eighty-year-old bowlmaker from Indiana handhewing bowls in the pioneer demonstration area of the Indiana State Fair. After seeing the demonstration, Combs knew he wanted to do more than just try this craft, he wanted to be a bowlmaker. By 2004, he had already handcrafted over 1000 bowls.

Combs is completely self-taught, learning from his mistakes and working them out by trial and error. He remembers that at times he progressed rapidly, but sometimes it took several bowls to achieve the needed change in his technique. After nine months of bowlmaking, he juried into his first arts and crafts show. He was first selected for the Directory of Traditional American Crafts in 2001.

Combs recently found a source for birdseye maple logs in New England and he believes the bowls from these logs are unique. In addition, he believes he is the only modern bowlmaker making handle-hole bowls, a design he adapted from Native American bowls. He is also licensed by the Mercer Museum of the Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, PA, to reproduce two bowls from their collection.

Michael Combs, Burl Treen
PO Box 106
Unionville, IN 47468
Phone: 812-339-1419
Email: burltreen@gmail.com

Michael Combs has been selected for the following Directories:

2013
Year: 2013, 
				Category: Woodworking
WOODWORKING
2012
Year: 2012, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2011
Year: 2011, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2010
Year: 2010, 
				Category: Woodworking
WOODWORKING
2009
Year: 2009, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2008
Year: 2008, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2008
Year: 2008, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2007
Year: 2007, 
				Category: Miscellaneous
MISCELLANEOUS
2007
Year: 2007, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2006
Year: 2006, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2005
Year: 2005, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2004
Year: 2004, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2003
Year: 2003, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2002
Year: 2002, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
2001
Year: 2001, 
				Category: Woodcarving
WOODCARVING
Biography updated October 3, 2016   Photograph updated October 3, 2016  Contact information updated May 8, 2013
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