It’s very rewarding when I receive nice comments about my products and I appreciate them very much. I have set up this page in order to share comments with my customers.
From a Dollywood customer-
Dear Mr. Nester,
> My son, …, and his wife, ….., purchased the most stunning cherry bowl from you while visiting Dollywood. …. really enjoyed speaking with you and was amazed by all of the work and attention that you put into each dough bowl. It was wonderful for them to have the opportunity to meet you and learn more about the art of bowl making.
> My new cherry bowl truly has a special place in my heart. Not only was it a surprise to see my name engraved on the bottom, but I was also given a picture of you carving it. This was such a meaningful gift to me from you, …. and ……. I will treasure it. Thank you so very much! Take care.
From Birmingham AL-
I received the bowl last night. No damage in transit. My aunt will love this bowl. My mother passed away in June and while cleaning out the house my aunt wanted me to find my grandmother’s dough bowl. We never found it and she was sad. I know this isn’t grandmother’s dough bowl but it’s handcrafted and I think she will love it.
From Lakewood, CA
We received the bowl today. We simply love it and will cherish it always.
It was great talking with you at Dollywood.
From Fort Payne AL-
Sandy the bowl arrived today and as expected it is beautiful. Thanks so much for getting it here in time for the birthday. Tim does excellent work ! Thanks again !!!
From Woodburn, OR-
The tray was delivered today and it is beautiful. I love it.
Thanks for the skills you have acquired and the dedication to your craft that made this beautiful tray possible
From Brevard NC-
Dear Sandy and Tim,
The bowl arrived yesterday. It is so beautiful and exactly what I wanted! The color, shape, and size are exactly what I pictured in my mind. And the grain in the wood is stunning.
It’s been a pleasure working with you.
All the best and thank you,
From Dewey AZ-
Hi Tim and Sandy,
The Ambrosia bowl arrived today and is absolutely beautiful! I’m so excited to give it to my daughter in law for Christmas. She is an old fashioned, knead by hand, baker of delicious bread but her dough bowl cracked several years ago and has never been replaced.
Thank you for your beautiful handiwork.
Blessings as you celebrate the original Christmas gift!
From Southern Pines NC-
Its just beautiful and perfect!!!!!!! Thanks so much and I know my mother is going to love it:)
From Charleston WV-
The bowls have arrived in perfect condition. They are beautiful and beyond my expectations. As a carpenter myself, I can truly appreciate the Elm wood.
My wife was overly thrilled with her present. Have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
From Manchester CT
We just wanted you to know, today we received our
Ambrosia Maple Dough Bowl #70 with the jar of food safe wood finish wax surprise. Thank you so much!!!
It’s such a LOVELY crafted bowl. We were drawn to its Natural Features in the pictures but l especially love the natural FEEL; it’s carved features & the natural grip/lip on this particular bowl is wonderful. You carved out it’s Functional & Rustic Beauty.
Thank you for the swift shipping and again for such a Beautiful Bowl!!!
Happy Holidays to you.
I received the bowl yesterday afternoon. It arrived in good condition.
The bowl is beautiful! I am going to give this to my husband for our 20th wedding anniversary. He is the biscuit maker in our family. My mother had a bowl similar to this one but I do not know what happened to it.
Thank you so much. We will use and enjoy your bowl for many years!
Mr Nester, I received the wooden dough bowl today. It is truly beautiful. Can not wait to give to my wife for xmas. She is going to love it. Thank you so much!
From Steilacoom WA
Mr. Nester: this is to give you a feedback. I received my order and just love it. I put it immediately to use. Thank you, hope to order again.
From Reston VA
Received my walnut bowl. It is amazing! Beautiful! Thank you!
Hi Tim and Sandy,
I received my bowl this morning and it is beautiful!
Thank you very much. I can’t wait to make bread.
Have a wonderful day!
From Georgetown TX
My bowl arrived yesterday. I just love it and appreciate the work that went into making this bowl!
From Lakeland FL
I received it yesterday. It is beautiful! I can’t wait to use it. Also, thank you very much for including the wax.
From Sunnyvale CA
Just got the dough bowl. It’s stunning!
From Fort Worth TX
Oh my goodness! I’m completely overwhelmed. This is the most beautiful piece of artwork I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much for recommending this bowl. I’ve fallen in love with it. I’ve no doubt I’m going to order another. The craftsmanship is beyond words. Be blessed!
From Greer SC
I received my bowl today. It is beautiful! About 6 months ago I started looking for a nice dough bowl. Never in my imagination did I think I would find one that is this gorgeous. It is the showpiece of my newly remodeled kitchen. Thank you for continuing the tradition of hand carving the bowls.
From Afton VA
Dear Tim, I just opened my bowl and it is beautiful. Just the simplicity and size I wanted. I look forward to using my dough bowl shortly.
Thanks for sharing your craft.
From Winchester, VA
The bowls arrived today and they are beautiful! Thanks-
From Laurel MS
I received the bowl today. I LOVE it! It is truly beautiful.
Thanks so much!
From Goldvein VA
Sandy and Tim. Pictures do not do this bowl justice. It is Beautiful. My wife is thrilled. I grew up in the Shenandoah valley and remember my great grandmothers dough bowl. I enjoyed many slices of bread from her working dough in the bowl. It brings back the memories and I can’t wait to make bread in it. Thank you for keeping this alive. I will pass this down to my daughter along with recipes and tradition. Amazing Tim. Just amazing.
I received it yesterday. Unbelievably beautiful! The photos on the website don’t do it justice. 🙂 Now I wish that I had ordered it for myself instead of my daughter-in-law! Thank you so much for the beautiful bowl and the wonderful service.
hi tim / sandy ; i got the bowls and they are fine . i will be using them both . great handmade workmanship . thanks for the neat items and fantastic service . im sure these will well outlast me . its been a pleasure dealing with you 2 .
Received the bowl just now. It’s beautiful…. its prettier than the pictures.
Now if I can just keep from giving it to her before Christmas.
Thank you so very much.
From a customer in Canada:
I love this. I had it delivered to my office and everyone is asking about it and saying how beautiful it is.
From Franklin NC
Hello Mr. Nester, My name is …from Franklin, NC. My daughter … had you carve a dough bowl for me. When I opened the package, I couldn’t believe what a beautiful piece of art you had made! Our bowl will be a family heirloom! Thank you for making it for me, it will be cherished!
THE DOUGH BOWL HAS ARRIVED!!! It is absolutely gorgeous, and we are so appreciative. I have been looking for one for years. The art with this type of craftsmanship was certainly worth every day I waited too. I can not thank you enough for this beautiful bowl.
The bowl arrived today and we are beyond pleased. Thank you for your timely correspondence and shipping. It will be a wedding present as I think I told you so she won’t receive it until shower time in…. I’m sure she will love it.
Our daughter ordered a bowl from you and when we saw hers,I just had to have one.
It just arrived, it’s beautiful.
Thank you do much .
I received the bowl earlier today. It’s so beautiful. I can’t wait to use it.
Thank you so much.
It did arrive. It is beautiful. I’m so happy to have such a useful and lovely item to
gift to my daughter for her first home.
So beautiful. I can’t wait to bake bread this weekend! Thank you.
I just rec’d my beautiful bowl and I totally love it!! I can’t wait to display it after our renovation.
Thanks again for such a smooth transaction.
Just cleaning up emails and saw this one. I just wanted to take a moment to share with you how much my wife loved the bowl. As soon as she opened it she literally just cried. Later I heard her tell my kids it was her favorite Christmas present. Thank you again. We are looking forward to enjoying it for years.
Yes, it arrived, and it’s beautiful! ……….Can’t wait to hear my sister-in-law’s excitement on Christmas morning!
Wishing you a joyous Christmas and prosperous New Year,
My new bowl is beautiful! Thank you for helping my husband, Ralph, purchase it for my Christmas present. I will be using it for the first time this weekend.
From Houston TX
Got a bread bowl as a Christmas gift and I cherish it. Something that can be passed down generations and not loose value. Beautiful and unique!!
From a lady that received one of my bowls as a Christmas present:
I LOVE my bowl!!! It is beautiful! Best Christmas/Birthday gift, EVER!!!
From Purcellville VA
I knew it would be a beautiful bowl as this is the second one I have purchased from you. I was surprised by the heft and beauty of this one. It is just simply gorgeous. I am also glad I finally ordered a spoon. I appreciate its deep bowl, something often lacking in other hand-carved spoons I have seen. As always you do not disappoint. I use my dough bowls frequently, and with the care you suggested, they will be one of the few items I own that my millennial children will hopefully pass down through the generations. Your artisanship is greatly appreciated, and I look forward to purchasing more of your work.
From Seattle WA
The bowl arrived yesterday, and is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your art.
From Stanley NC
I received my bowl today. I am amazed how beautiful it is. The pictures do not do it justice.
Thank you so much!
Received the bowl today – many thanks – it is beautiful!
Also thank you for the wax, really appreciate that!
I bake sourdough at least once a week, so the bowl will be getting regular use.
If I am ever in Virginia I will try to arrange to meet the master maker of my new dough bowl.
From Atlanta, GA
Received my bowl yesterday. It is sitting in a place of honor in my kitchen. So beautiful; thank you for your artistry.
From Henrico VA
Got the bowl!
Thank you so very much!
From Brule NE
The bowl just arrived. It is beautiful and I can’t wait to use it
From Fruitland, UT
Just picked up my bowl, it’s beautiful. It will get used for the intended purpose.
From South Hamilton, MA
Oh, my, gosh! It is beautiful!!!!!!!! The pictures do not do it justice.
Now, I really wish I had also bought the bigger one! If they ever return it, give me a holler!
Thank you so much!
Just in case…..here are the pictures of the one I hesitated on…And I want to make sure you know, this bowl is perfect! I absolutely love it. But really thought that once I had it, my interest would be squashed. Instead, i want more!
I really can’t explain how looking at it makes me so happy. I want to find a place on the counter for it so I can enjoy it every day, even when not making salads!
From S. C.-
Thank you so much Tim. I love the Maple Bowl! Can’t wait until my husband can see it.
From N.C.- Dear Mr. Nester,
Our bowl arrived today! It is absolutely beautiful, the craftsmanship is just extraordinary! I fell in love with the picture, and the real thing is more than I dared dream it would be! Thank you so much for continuing such unique and truly heirloom quality work. If you ever want an apprentice, I am all yours!
From Washington, North Carolina, with great appreciation!
From: Richmond,VA- Tim, # 13 arrived yesterday and it looks great. We saw the article in ” The Gazette “, and had to have one.
From: Twin Falls, ID- It came today and absolutely beautiful. Can’t wait to make some bread. Thank you for your artistry.
The bowl arrived today in great shape and it is beautiful! It is a birthday present for my wife and she loves it.
Thank you very much.
From: Winchester MA
Thank you Tim. The bowl arrived and is beautiful. Exactly what I wad looking for. Thanks so much.
From Anchorage AK
Received the bowl today. It’s beautiful!! I know they will love their gift, but now I have to have another one!
From W Harrison, IN
I received the bowl, and it’s even more beautiful “in person”! Thanks for the Club House Wax too! When not in use, the bowl will be hanging on my dining room wall, and when anyone asks me about it, I’ll tell them about your business.
From: Mount Airy, MD
Received my bowl yesterday and it is beautiful. Thank you for the info on the wood.
I was born and raised in Grayson Co. This is like having a piece of home. It is very special
To me. Also thank you for the gift of the wax, now I know how to preserve my bowl.
Looking forward to the next one.
Have a wonderful day you sure made mine.
grandmothers. Hope my biscuits turn out like hers. Will take some practice.
Thank you again for making my day.
From Nokesville VA
Dear Mr. Nester,
Thank you so much for the quick delivery of bowl #49. It is beautiful! I have been looking for handmade dough bowls for about a year and a half. My mother remembers using her mother’s when she was younger however through the years that bowl has disappeared. I had been monitoring JP Madren’s website hoping to find bowls for sale on there. I corresponded with him a few weeks ago and he recommended I look at your website and I am so thankful. I purchased this bowl for my Mother for Christmas and I know she will love it. Thank you also for the sample of the wood preserver.
Thank you again your work is beautiful.
God bless you!
Telephone message from Richmond VA:
“My bowl is beautiful. I absolutely love it. I will be sure to recommend you to my friends. These bowls make wonderful wedding gifts. Thank you so much.”
From: Ruther Glen, VA
…… it’s beautiful!
my bowls. They are a beautiful addition to my home.
I did get the bowl and it did not disappoint! My father-in-law loved it! Thanks again and I hope you had a Merry Christmas!
Christmas. I have attached a picture and a video. When she opened the box
she was so overwhelmed with happiness and joy that she started crying, which
made everyone start crying. She just kept going on about how beautiful it
was. She was very appreciative of the sample of wax as well. She can’t
wait to make some biscuits in it.Thank you again.
From: Hollister, CA
From McDonough, GA
From Dunedin, FL
Tim, the bowl came today. It’s extraordinary. As a woodworker I appreciate the finer things in a handmade piece. The lines aren’t machine cut, you can see where the grain led your chisel, a slight tool chatter where you hit some knarly grain, the different feel between the late and early wood which you only get when a piece is polished with tools, not just sanded.All three of my kids bake bread, they’re already positioning themselves for who gets it in the will.I’ll send some pictures of a loaf in progress.Thank you so much.
From Jasper, GA
Received the bowl today. It is beautiful!!! Thank you so much for all your hard work creating this amazing bowl!! It was a Mother’s Day gift for my mom and she LOVES IT!!
The dough bowl I ordered from you arrived yesterday. It is the butternut bowl with a strip of bark on each side. I want you to know that it is even more beautiful in person than I expected. I will be using it this weekend at a festival recreating the early 1800s in Georgia. I will be demonstrating bread making. Thank you for creating such a thing of beauty!!!
From: Reading MA
The bowl is beautiful! She’s going to love it, and I’m sure it is destined to become a kitchen heirloom. Thank you for the wax too, very gracious!
Dear Mr. Nester,
I received the cherry dough bowl today “oh my word” I was amazed your craft is one of a kind. I love it! I will cherish it along with my other two 🙂
Thank you so much!
Have a blessed week
From: North East PA
Hello Tim, Just a quick note to let you know I received my bowl today. It looks beautiful! I will keep it on my kitchen island and hope to use it often. Thanks again.
From Moneta VA
I received my wooden dough bowl today and absolutely love it. I already have flour in it, ready to make bread this evening. Thank you so much for your quick response and mailing. I will look forward to my spoon and ladle when you have the time.
From Starke, FL
Just wanted to let you know the beautiful bowl arrived a few minutes ago. It is beautiful. Thank you for the George’s clubhouse wax. I will make certain that I keep the bowl properly maintained so its beauty will not be marred. Sincerely,
From Forsyth, GA
The bowl arrived today safe and sound, and I must say is beautiful. Thanks so much for your help with this purchase. We will make lots of biscuits in it, and I will look forward to getting a bowl for myself at some point in the future.
Thank you. The beautiful bowl arrived today along with your good wishes. We will give it to our son’s sweetheart for Christmas … The bowl will live in North Carolina. Thank you for the care, imagination and love that you pour into these works of art and living.
From South Carolina:
Received the bowl yesterday and it is perfect.
From Dallas TX
I hope you and family had a joyous Christmas. Just wanted to tell you how thrilled my future daughter in-law was to get the beautiful bowl you made for her. She just opened the gift this afternoon and couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. Said she cant wait to use it and that her Mother will be so jealous.
Again, thanks so much for giving of yourself and talent in making the bowl. Sincerely
Hi Mr. Nester
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, I am spending my Christmas money with you. I gave my sister the cherry bowl for Christmas, and she loves it. I made her very happy, and so did you. By the way are you going to make anymore treenware the one with the mule head especially.
OMGoodeness !!!! I just got it I am in dough bowl heaven, they keep getting better, you are an amazing artist Mr. Nester. I pray GOD to richly bless you in 2016. Let me know about the treenware when you finish them no hurry.
GOD BLESS You
Received my bowl today. What a beauty! It’ll get a lot of use in my kitchen. Thank you!!
I meant to email you earlier but time has gotten away from me. I received Bowl #66 and it was lovely. I have used it several times and love it. Now if I can get those biscuits to taste as Grandma’s, I will be happy!
Thank you so much From SC
Hi Tim, I just wanted you to know how much I LOVE the bowl I purchased from you a couple of years ago. Regardless if I am making Buttermilk Biscuits, or any yeast breads and rolls, Cinnamon Rolls I use it. Especially when I am making yeast breads as they rise beautifully in this bowl. In addition to being functional the bowl looks beautiful sitting out on my kitchen island and will be treasured (and used!) for many years to come!
From Moneta, VA
I just now received my spoon and ladle and absolutely love them. Thank you so very much. Will be using them tomorrow night for dinner. So glad I found out about you.
I picked up my bowl this morning. It is BEAUTIFUL!!!! It is exactly what I expected and cannot wait to use it. My family and in-laws have not saved or passed down any of their dough bowls. Making pies, biscuits, and bread has been a special time spent with my daughter (and eventually with my daughter-in-laws). This bowl will be something I can pass down to her.
Thank you for hand-crafting such a lovely product. It is likely that I will be purchasing more….
My new bowl is absolutely gorgeous!!! I can’t wait to make bread on Tuesday. Thank you for making such wonderful heirlooms and offering them to the public.
FROM North Bend WA
From Franklin VA
From Charleston, SC
Oh my goodness…just received my dough bowl. …Wow! its beautiful…never dreamed it would be this big. I Love It. Thank you soooo much.
The bowl is just beautiful and what I have been desiring for quite some time.
I have regularly checked your site for an exceptionally large bowl. Was hoping to find a cherry or walnut one extra large. However, when I saw bowl #150 I was ecstatic.
This bowl complements the smaller oval bowl I purchased from JP Madren a few years ago as it has a lot of decoration from the worms.
It is so wonderful that you and JP are keeping the craft alive.
I really enjoy making my dough in a dough bowl. The configuration is just perfect.
Got my starter out from the fridge to ready it for some bread baking tomorrow.
Received my maple dough bowl this weekend- it is beautiful. I bought it as a present for my husband whose grandmother made him biscuits in hers everyday when he was growing up. Unfortunately when she passed, the bowl went to some member of the family. He recalled that part of his life so often- I had to find him one. He was so pleased when he opened the box- he said it looked just like hers, just a little taller. Thanks for making that possible.