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If your purchase is to be shipped to Australia, New Zealand or the Southern Pacific Area you can purchase these bowls from my distributor Preservation Australia. Please contact Preservation Australia direct

The pictures shown here are representative. You will not get the actual bowl featured in the photos because that particular bowl has gone to a conservator in Australia and yours will be custom made to order just for you.

This is a lidded version of the very popular paste bowl made especially with Paper Conservators and Bookbinders in mind. The previous version of this bowl (see other listing) has proved very popular with Conservators and Bookbinders all over the world.

They are designed to be used when pasting paper patches for conservation work on paper and books. They have a bowl of approximately 80 mm diameter with a rim for wiping off excess paste from the brush-tip.

They have convenient slots for resting the brushes on one side of the bowl with an area to the other side of the bowl that acts as a small work area for the pasting of paper patches. The rectangular design means that they are very stable when used on a bench but the rounded ends means they also fit comfortably in the hand.

This newer version has been made to the specifications of a Paper Conservator currently working in Australia. It is longer than the original and features an off-centre bowl which gives a larger working area for pasting the patches. It also features two brush rests as standard. The lid is provided to protect the paste from airborne dust etc when not in use. This is a very sturdy piece of equipment that has the potential to last a lifetime.

All of these bowls are made from Welsh Sycamore sourced from the Mostyn Estate here in North East Wales. This wood is considered to be the best available for this type of bowl. In times past Sycamore was used to produce tools and receptacles for dairies and butteries because it does not taint the milk products. I.e. it is food safe. Sycamore is a member of the Maple family.

Just as with the originals, these bowls do not have any finish product such as wax or varnish applied so as to minimise the risk of contamination of the paste. It is just the bare wood sanded down to a smooth finish. The lids and the inside of the paste bowl have been burnished to a shine using the Sycamore shavings produced during the lathe turning phase of manufacture. The dark lines you see in the photos are not cracks they are just the natural grain pattern of this wood. Each piece of wood used has it's own unique pattern.

At the moment I am flat out making some large orders of these bowls for other customers so please be aware that it may be up to 2 weeks from placing your order before I can get your bowl onto my lathe. But rest assured that your bowl (s) will be handmade with all the care and attention that befits a custom made piece.

Please note that although all the bowls have all the features listed, all sizes are approximate. Each bowl is hand-made to order out of natural wood therefore no two bowls are exactly the same and will differ slightly from the photographs on this listing.

Custom Made Item - Lidded Paste Bowl in Welsh Sycamore: Paper & Book Conservators and Bookbinders


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood, reclaimed wood, Sycamore, Welsh, Salvaged
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from Mold, United Kingdom
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