When I posted that picture of the Sweetgum NE bowl ("One More" post) where I had burned lines into the rim, Pete remarked that it looked like stitching. That's what I thought, too after I did it and it gave me an idea.
I used to do leathercraft way back when and I thought "why not put lacing on a bowl edge just like on a wallet?"
So, off to town I went looking for the lacing, etc. I found some at Hobby Lobby although it was more like latigo than the top-grain lacing I wanted. But, I got it anyway and the attached pics are of a couple of bowls I've done.
The first is Sweetgum, 10 1/4" x 5 1/4" and the second is Post Oak, 9 3/4" x 4". Both were finished with my homebrew and buffed prior to lacing.
I'd really like some honest feedback here. Everyone who has seen the bowls think they are really neat and I intend to order some more lacing from Tandy...some nice top grain in black and brown plus some rawhide.
But, if y'all think they are gaudy or too gimmicky then I may rein in my enthusiasm a bit.
They are fun to do and something different which is good. Looking forward to your comments.