These wooden products are handmade with traditional handtools in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA by Tim Nester, a retired logger, from trees Native to the Appalachians in the tradition of Mountain Living. I am a juried member of Southern Highland Craft Guild ,Round the Mountain Artisans Network, and Black Horse Artisan Guild. I have some pieces of work at the Artisans Visitor Center in Carroll County, VA. In 2015, I was invited and attended the craft show at Dollywood in TN. Each individual piece of wood is selected for it’s beauty. Any tool marks remaining add to the unique characteristics of each piece. These items are all food safe and usable. They have been preserved with mineral oil and George’s ClubHouse Wax (bee’s wax and mineral oil mix).
People are always asking how I got started in bowl carving. In my grandma’s time, the family dough bowl was a major part of the food preparation. It was common for a man to carve a wooden dough bowl for his bride to be as a wedding gift. It was also common for a young lady to desire a carved dough bowl for her hope chest so when she was married she would have a very desirable kitchen tool. A mother’s dough bowl was usually one of the most sought after items in an estate. The bowl was usually passed down to the oldest daughter, treasured as a family heirloom and passed on to the next generation. A few years ago my mother wanted a new dough bowl. I searched around for awhile and I realized there were no new one’s to be found that were actually hand made. Being from the country and dough bowls being part of my mountain roots, I found a local black smith and bought up some tools and started by trial and error. Finally got some pretty nice dough bowls to take shape. Then I started experimenting with other shapes and sizes. People started taking notice. I then started this website. I have done some local shows. I am now making bowls for Dollywood’s harvest celebration. Something that I am very proud of. So when you buy a bowl from me, you know where it came from and that is was made in the U.S.A.