Special bowls need good packaging!

16 March 2013, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

Protecting my bowls in transit is something I’ve always taken seriously. Many of my pieces have delicate edges and these need to be protected – in fact, a large impact from the side of a box should not even touch the bowl inside. Every piece I make is a one-off and can’t be replicated – if something gets broken, I can’t just ‘send another’!

My easiest solution would be to use polystyrene sections and plastic products inside the packaging carton, however, this is something my green credentials would never allow!

I’ve been quite fortunate to discover a local company who make hand made cardboard boxes. These are usually double wall in construction and fitted with inner panels. With four layers of cardboard, you can stand on these things without any visible damage! Off cuts from the box making process are shredded and make great internal packaging.

The photo below shows one of my orders shortly before postage. Apart from the sealing tape, all of the packaging, including the bubble wrap, is bio degradable.


Each item is wrapped individually with bubble wrap and then protected from all sides with shredded card. You can see the same order below, shortly before the box is sealed. Natural edges and other delicate bits are separated from the box by at least two inches – this will not get damaged in the post. The final carton is then wrapped in tape, which clearly states ‘fragile’!


Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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