Tim Nester, a native of the mountains of southwest Virginia, took an interest in traditional hand-hewn dough bowls several years ago. After an extensive search of the Internet, he found that very few people still made them and thought it would be something worth trying.
A blacksmith in North Carolina worked with him to create a couple adzes, used for cutting or shaping large pieces of wood, with which Nester chops out his bowls. With quite a bit of trial and error, he came up with one that closely resembled a primitive dough bowl. Over the years he has acquired several adzes and gouges of different shapes and sizes to make bowls from various woods.
Nester has found that a lot of folks are as interested in the old-fashioned bowls as he is. He gets a great amount of enjoyment knowing that each bowl, with its naturally beautiful grain and color, is not only a unique piece of art but a usable and durable utensil for any home. He finds it very fulfilling to bring back a part of history so people today can experience the use of these bowls.
Nester has sold his bowls all over the United States and in several foreign countries. He has demonstrated his work during the Harvest Festival Celebration at Dollywood, Tennessee. He is a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild and sells his work locally at the Carroll County Visitors Center in Hillsville, Virginia.
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