07-24-2016, 12:42 PM
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  • Chaddy
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I see a lot of people with there soaps in wooden bowls. Where can I get a couple?

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 07-24-2016, 12:53 PM
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  • kav
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Many of the soapmakers; DR Harris, Trumpers, Spanish Bathhouse etc sell their soap in very nice hardwood bowls with lids. You just have to like that soap to get a bowl. Some of our brush makers working wood also make very nice bowls. then, there is this option Laughing1
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 07-24-2016, 12:54 PM
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  • garyg
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Mama Bear Soap carries some nice ones, or Amazon carries the Kingsley bowls.  Sometimes you see them on site BST's .. though you are probably further ahead looking for heavily used soap in a bowl & re-purposing.

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 07-24-2016, 12:56 PM
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P.S. EBAY has a limited selection. SOP with EBAY caveat emptor. Phil ordered some from overseas and they never delivered.

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 07-24-2016, 01:26 PM
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Another option is to contact Brad Sears. He made a great bowl for Larry/CRSW's Sandalwood soap. Great woodworker.

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 07-24-2016, 05:59 PM
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I got a few off of eBay for under $10


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 07-24-2016, 06:11 PM
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My past experience with the wooden bowls from soapmakers was mixed. They easily lose stain and the lid to a GEO Trumper warped under my sorcerer's apprentice lathering.  Unless it's a premium piece like Brad Sears you may want to apply some manner of sealer like Tung Oil. Bowls with straight walls are easier to drop a puck into. The concave bowls are a little nicer when you get down to that magic crescent of soap in the bottom.

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 07-25-2016, 02:44 AM
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There are a few in different sizes and colours at Connaught, although description is lacking exact measurements for all but one.

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 07-25-2016, 05:29 AM
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(07-25-2016, 02:44 AM)feston Wrote: There are a few in different sizes and colours at Connaught, although description is lacking exact measurements for all but one.

I have a Connaught medium dark oak bowl that I use to hold Tabac for over a year and it's done quite well.  There's no sign of degradation and it's easy to hold in the hand.

I've picked up a small stash of the NOS Art of Shaving Sandalwood w/tallow, so entertained the idea of picking up an AOS bowl.  When I looked at them in AOS store, they looked like this wood, with lots of stain on it, no where as distinctive as the D. R Harris bowls.  

Speaking of which - I've always thought that the D.R. Harris bowl looked wonderful.  Aside from the fact that it's a little rich for me, I've wondered how long they hold up with regular use and how practical they are?

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 07-25-2016, 07:07 AM
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(07-25-2016, 05:29 AM)redrako Wrote: .  
Speaking of which - I've always thought that the D.R. Harris bowl looked wonderful.  Aside from the fact that it's a little rich for me, I've wondered how long they hold up with regular use and how practical they are?

My Harris doesn't get regular use, so despite the 2 year age I can't say if it warps over time. But when using it, the proto lather spills over the side since the soap fills the bowl without any extra space, which makes a mess. I would still prefer having it for the beauty of the bowl, but it isn't as good as B&M or Maggard's containers for loading.

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 07-25-2016, 07:07 AM
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Wooden bowls are my favorite. As I alluded to; it is good insurance to use a good sealer to protect the stain and prevent any warping. My steel bowl would transfer heat and was slippery. Ceramic is lovely, holds heat but keep it from the counter edge. Plastic-well my disdain is known.

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 07-25-2016, 09:15 PM
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My best wooden bowl is from Floris. Doesn't lose stain at all. Really nice look. Not my favorite performing soap, though.

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 07-29-2016, 05:05 AM
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(07-25-2016, 09:51 PM)gregkw1 Wrote: [Image: nCLdXZN.jpg]You could buy a bunch of old spice mugs get the Betty crocker icing lids so you can stack them

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 07-29-2016, 05:07 AM
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Looking at your medicine chest tells you have to be single.  It looks great but my wife would go bonkers if I filled the medicine chest with shaving gear.  I have to store it wherever   LOL

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 08-03-2016, 12:07 PM
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amazon has a few wooden bowls and some stainless steel ones at pretty reasonable prices

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