The biggest wooden bowl

The largest turned wooden bowl measured 4.01 m (13.15 ft) in diameter and 1.03 m (3.37 ft) from base to rim. The bowl was made by Peter Andres and Werner Rumplmayr in Gurtis, Austria on 4 September 2005. The enormous cost of a giant lathe brought the idea to use a tractor as woodturning lathe. 

Diameter: 4.01 m
Depth inside: 1.03 m
Depth outside (base to rim): 1.23 m
Girth: 12.6 m
Thickness of the wall: 16 cm
To hold in: 7,200 litres
Weight: 1200 kg
Volume: 2.56 m³
Kind of wood: Spruce
Consumption of glue: 44 kg
Glue: Semparoc I 12 NV
To glue the bowl: 430 hours
Single segments: 486 pieces
Parts of base: 10 pieces

Time to turn the bowl: 20 hours
( across 3 days)

For the segmented bowl total of 450 hours of work had to be invested. 486 segments were glued with a 55 kg special glue.

Bowl was made from 9 m³ spruce wood

 1700kg bowl was placed on a 136 hp tractor and it was spinning at ~60 rpm.

 They only used gouges and held it with hands.

After all process they made about 300 kg of chips.

Wasted wood or piece of art?

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  1. The final photo of such a grand undertaking was taken in poor lighting conditions well after it had been on display all the while not even being sealed when finished .. Is there any video of the event ?

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