Sanders Woodworking-Wooden Bowls, Cutting Boards & more

Mooresville, North Carolina · 484 Sales


Sanders Woodworking-Wooden Bowls, Cutting Boards & more

Mooresville, North Carolina 484 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars




Last updated on Apr 3, 2016



Stephen Sanders

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Stephen Sanders


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5 out of 5 stars
Charles Fikes

Charles Fikes on May 30, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Very nice wood bowl beautiful grain very light weight.

Linda Green

Linda Green on Jan 21, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The puzzle is beautiful and so nicely done. It was packaged well and shipped very timely. The recipient of the puzzle loves it and is overwhelmed by the professional workmanship. Thank you.

Tim Walsh

Tim Walsh on Dec 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Wow! What a beautiful bowl! pictures don't do it justice! Great service from beginning to end! Have bought from Him before and will continue to! Very fast shipping.

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Tools of the trade. The big saw has a 36" bar to cut up the big maple log I've been turning for the last two weeks. I also used it to cut the last of the 200+ year old walnut log.

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Coring a giant bowl 24" in diameter by 17" deep. The smaller bowls will be included in a set of 4 bowls.

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Southern Maple Wooden Bowl #1232 9 3/8" X 2 3/4"
Southern Maple Wooden Bowl #1232 9 3/8" X 2 3/4"
Here's bowl finished on the outside. This bowl will have to dry for 9-12 months before I can finish turn it. That's the hardest part, the wait. When it's this pretty, you want to finish it now!
I have 150 bowls in various stages of drying.

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Bowlmaker and woodworker for fifty+ years who lives and works on a farm in rural North Carolina.

I have had a love for woodworking all of my life, from helping my father in his garage shop, to turning my first project (a walnut lamp) on a lathe in Middle School shop. In college I helped log dead wormy chestnut trees and build an a-frame house on the top of a mountain in western North Carolina with Robert S. Brunk. A few years later I moved back to Barnardsville and lived in a geodesic dome next door to Bob, who by then had become quite well known for his furniture making and the handicrafts of the southern highlands. I apprenticed him and learned a lot about the properties of wood and the art of design. I also learned to appreciate the beauty of highly figured wood.

By the late 70's I was married and built my first shop. My wife, Pennie, joined me in the shop. Her specialty is finish sanding but she helps in some way with almost every project we do. We began working with Bob again, making "quilters puzzles", as they were often called. They were sold in guild and craft shops around the country as well as craft shows. We still make these puzzles and they are available here on my website. During this period I had my first one man show at Cedar Creek Pottery near Raleigh, NC. The feature piece was a fiddleback ambrosia maple coffee table in the style of James Krenov.

We continued to do commissions and turn bowls. By 2007 we realized my 1200 sq. ft. shop was too small to hold all of my tools and the enormous amount of wood I had collected for 35 years. There wasn't room left to work. The only solution was to build more shop space and, of course, buy more tools, among them a new lathe. In January of 2008, we doubled the size to 2400 sq. ft. We upgraded my 1940's lathe with a new Powermatic 3520b. While I have made many bowls over the 45 years since middle school shop, the new lathe made me want to turn bowls full time. In 2012 we added another 1728 sq. ft. and three more lathes.

My wife Pennie spends most of her free time with our four kids, their wives and husbands and our seven grandchildren but still finds time to help in the shop. Her main jobs these days are keeping my shop organized, an impossible task, and finish sanding puzzles and cutting boards. She helped me build the shop and did most of the work on the walls, insulation and wood racks in the new addition.

My Great Dane, Henrietta Grace, our fifth Great Dane, is becoming a shop dog. She likes the shavings and the air conditioning.

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  • Stephen Sanders


    Woodworker for 50 years now concentrating on bowls, hollow forms and cutting boards that I make in my 4000 sq. ft. shop on my farm in Mount Ulla, NC.

  • Pennie Sanders


    Wife, mother, grandmother and number one helper in the shop when I can get her away from her crafting and crocheting.

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Last updated on June 11, 2012
Everything I make is handmade and one of a kind. We are proud of the pieces we make and the quality and craftsmanship that are a part of everything that we sell. We are particularly noted for the look and feel of our finishes. Each piece feels silky smooth and has a rich patina. If you are ever dissatified or disappointed with a piece you have purchased, please send me an e-mail so we can make it right.

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