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Lambert Louviere’s Bowls

[1]Gotta show you a present I picked up for Julie just now. Lambert Louviere is a local artisan who makes wooden bowls. Our old wooden salad bowl cracked, and Julie has been wanting a new one. She told me the other day that she had seen a beautiful one at someone’s house here in St. Francisville, and when she asked the hostess where she’d gotten it, the hostess told her it was a Lambert Louviere. She’s wanted one of his bowls since. So I called him last week to see if he had any for sale now. He said he had pretty much sold out of his stock, but he had a few. I went over to see what he had, and found the gorgeous red gum salad bowl you see above. Lambert put a finish on it overnight. After 30 days of curing, it will be ready to use.

Julie knew she was getting this because I had to ask her if she liked the wood grain before I bought it. I just walked in with it, and she very nearly gasped. It’s a thing of beauty, for sure, and the kind of thing that becomes a family heirloom. It wasn’t cheap, but it will last forever, and it’s a work of art, if you ask me. The thing must we between three and four pounds weigh between five and seven pounds.

Lambert doesn’t have a website. I know he sells his bowls, which he turns in his garage, at local arts & crafts festivals, and through word of mouth. If you think as much of his artistry as I do, and would like to inquire about commissioning one from him — bigger or smaller (this one holds enough salad for 8 to 10 people) — drop him a line at louviljlj – at -yahoo.com.

I love this bowl!


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#1 Comment By Anglican On December 23, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

I love it. I think this sort of work is important to society and imparting good values. I am always glad to see the quality work of a skilled artisan, thanks for sharing it. More people should do this and more people should purposefrully buy this kind of stuff.

In the past couple of years I have taken up carving and woodworking as a hobby and release. There is a history of it in my family and I have been learning from my Grandfather. While I have a long way to go, in developing my craft and skills, but I feel like having a skill set and opportunities to carve and do wood working is a precious gift and one of the dear things in may life.

#2 Comment By Barbara On December 23, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

That bowl is spectacularly beautiful. What a wonderful gift. Buying local from a local craftsman – nothing better. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for being a refuge of intelligent discourse. I disagree with you a lot, but absolutely always learn from and respect your position. Your posts from Paris were bookworthy. Cannot wait for your book on Ruthie.

#3 Comment By elvisd On December 24, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

Anybody who can turn wood from a gum tree deserves my respect. Not an easy wood to work with.

#4 Comment By RB On December 24, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

I keep coming back to this post to ogle the bowl. Julie, you’re a lucky gal!

#5 Comment By Rick On February 5, 2014 @ 9:40 am

I have known Lambert sr. now passed on and Lambert Jr. for over 32 years. Both have always been driven to perfection. If it was not right then the right thing to do was start over and do it right. Never a substandard finished product made it’s just not right.
The time it takes to produce one of these pieces of art is baffling to the non-craftsmen. 1-2 years from start to finish tree trunk to table. They should sell for a lot more just merely for the time that is put into each one of them. It’s amazing the time involved. The drying time is the time killer this is a long process. The wood has to dry slowly or it will crack. Each time it is formed a little more and then waxed and left to dry until it reaches a percentage of moisture then it is finished.
The finishing the food grade wax is I don’t want to say burnt into the wood but melted by friction and seeps into the wood sealing it into a glass like finish.
I was at the art show with lambert this year and 48 bowels were displayed different sizes and shape not a two alike. The one thing that I noticed was the first touch and the look on their faces and the comments that were made. The glass like texture on each one of the finished product is well what can I say you just have to touch it… It can’t be explained.
Lambert Louviere is a true artisan. The finishing touch he signs each bowel with a wood burning pencil free hand and the type of wood the bowel is constructed of. If it grows he can turn it or at least try to.