Mostly when people show boxes they are pretty much straight sided. Bowls on the other hand are not. I was thinking of making a box but realised in effect the shape I have in mind makes it more of a bowl with a lid.
Bowls are usually turned cross grained to avoid splitting, but vases and chalices are spindle turned. A big wide chalice could be considered a bowl on a stand..
So, what are the definitions, when does one become something else??
It is also when does a bowl become a platter in my eyes platters have very little if any sides and tend to be a flat shape
I think it is in the eyes of the person looking at the item in question at what they call it.
Boxes are not limited to straight sides but many especially new turners tend to go for that shape as a beginning into box making.
This box as you state is in effect a small bowl with a lid
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Another example of a curved shaped box
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Yes a chalice is a bowl on a stand but for strength reasons when turning from a single piece of wood it is made with the grain running up through the stem/stand
Not all bowls are cross grain careful selection of wood can result in some nice looking bowl.
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