April 23rd Webletter

Posted in JTS News at 11:41 am by jtsblog

Jas. Townsend and Son Website Newsletter

Nickel Plated Pocket Watch   PW-751
Nickel Plated Pocket Watch PW-751

Wood Sword and Shield   SW-75
Wood Sword and Shield SW-75


Heart Trade Ring HR-745
Heart Trade Ring HR-745

Silk Clocked Stockings - Off White - S-3304
Silk Clocked Stockings - Off White - S-3304

Wall Basket  S-3404
Wall Basket S-3404


Don’t Forget Mothers Day

Men! Do not forget the mother in your life. If you don’t get something from us, get something somewhere. Don’t delay.

New Videos

There is a new video up on the website that discusses our wood Dough Bowls.
I have also added a cute video that shows the Wood Sword and Shields in use.
Of course, all our videos can be seen on our youtube channel HERE.

Our Dough Bowls

I really love these bowls but some people are confused about them. So I thought I would take some time and explain them. These bowls are rough made by an indigenous tribe in Northern Mexico. The bowls are hand-made using centuries old techniques. They are made from downed timber and not live cut trees so deforestation is not an issue. Many of the bowls have characteristics that may be considered flaws, but only add to the obvious rustic charm. A typical bowl may have the gray staining of the heart wood known as “blue pine”, other bowls may have small worm holes and they may also have knots. None of these features keep this product from being used as intended. Another item to note is the rounded bottom. The rounded bottom is typical of a early more primitive bowl that would be used around a campfire or primitive hearth were there may not be a flat service to lay it upon. Usually a small depression was made in the earth where it was to be used or several small stones were used to prop it in place. To be used on a table or other flat surface a cloth or something similar needs to be used to keep it from rocking.


Our dough bowls are meant to be used for dough and other none liquid products. It seem common that a dough bowl used for dough was not necessarily well cleaned out and some of the dough from the last batch would stay in the bowl and help to get the next batch started. That is beyond my expertise so I will let you read up on that somewhere else.


The dough bowl does need to be cared for like any wood product. If the bowl needs to be washed you can expect the grain on the wood to rise the first couple of times you get it wet. A quick sanding and touch up with steel wool will knock the grain back down and then the bowl needs to be treated with mineral oil or vegetable oil to keep it looking good. Mineral oil is better than vegetable oil for this kind of use as mineral oil will not go rancid over time and possibly give an unwelcome taste to items made in the bowl.

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