Washington state resident Hal Johnson has been involved in woodworking for over 30 years. The first 20 years were primarily spent making furniture for his home.
Johnson gathers almost all of the wood he uses from local tree removal activities. These are trees that otherwise would be sent to the local landfills or cut up for firewood. To maximize a piece of wood, Johnson cores out the insides of the bowl blanks, often getting a series of 3 or 4 from a single block of wood. Almost all of his bowls are finished with walnut cooking oil.