Your idea of a perfect shaving bowl surface is?

Discussion in 'General Shaving Talk' started by S Barnhardt, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. S Barnhardt

    S Barnhardt Old, Crusty Barn

    I'm trying to determine the best style of working surface to put on the interior of a wooden shaving bowl. In addition, should it be just on the bottom, or up the sides to some degree as well?

    I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts on this along with why this is the case, or even why not a particular surface. And if you have a picture to include as a way of illustration, that would be even better.

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  2. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    I don't know what could be considered ideal, since that's probably one of those "eye of the beholder" things. But I would want a textured surface on the sides as well as the bottom. As a brush swirls around, it is likely to contact the sides and bottom.
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  3. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    I don't know about a bowl, but I'm beginning to see a lot of soap on the sides of my coffee/Burma Shave mug as I continue with my Burma Shave Soap.
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  4. BlueShaver

    BlueShaver Premature Latheration Sufferer

    Don't really matter imho.
    A smooth bowl is easier to clean.....
  5. johnnyflake

    johnnyflake Well-Known Member

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  6. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    Oh, I missed this thread first time around. I keep seeing other bowls with a variety of textures, but I've found one that works well for me. Not sure if it can be adopted to wooden bowls without issues like splinters or difficulty sealing the surface. A repurposed kitchen device from Japan - the suribachi. It's primarily used to grind sesame seeds into a paste with a wooden pestle.
    Suribachi bowl.gif
    The bowls are available in many sizes that can be chosen for comfortable palm size. There are variations on shape but generally they are wide & shallow.
    The texture of the unglazed inner ceramic surface was the key that got me into them. Shallow grooves combed into the full interior except for the top 1/2 inch or so.
    Suribachi from Sparrow Black.gif
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  7. BlueShaver

    BlueShaver Premature Latheration Sufferer

    They look like brush tip manglers:happy102:
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  8. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

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  9. brit

    brit in a box

    i have 2 bowls with ridged surfaces,the captain's choice heavy copper and the ceramic stonefield shaving blue bowl.i also have a white bowl with nickels glued in the bottom..the rest are smooth..i like both types .preference-either for me..i do like metal as they are unbreakable and easy upkeep..
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  10. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    I use one of these I picked up at the thrift store.

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  11. BlueShaver

    BlueShaver Premature Latheration Sufferer


    I use a soup bowl!
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  12. brit

    brit in a box

    my first shave bowl. 1950s fire king peach luster soup/chili bowl.. 20191006_131324.jpg
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  13. johnnyflake

    johnnyflake Well-Known Member

    Hey Brit, the one with the nickles glued to the bottom, sounds really neat. I love to see a photo of it, if you can.
  14. brit

    brit in a box

    here you go..just a cheap corningware bowl .nickels are glued in using marine epoxy.. 20191006_140134.jpg
  15. johnnyflake

    johnnyflake Well-Known Member

    Thanks Brit,

    That's simple, but I'll bet, very effective. I like it! That has giving me an idea to pursue.
  16. brit

    brit in a box

    thank you.someone else here had something similar so i tried well..
  17. stingraysrock

    stingraysrock PIF'd away his custom title

    This thread solidifies my decision that it was a good move to face lathering.
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  18. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    I was thinking the same thing.
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  19. brit

    brit in a box

    glad you like it..:)
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  20. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout The Smart Bunny

    Now to get those super-glued nickels off my cheeks.

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