Toby Fulwiler, of Fairfield Farm Bowls, turns bowls and cheese platters from local hardwoods, including sugar maple, black cherry, butternut, apple, and ash. He specializes in classic and natural-edge bowls turned for both everyday use and aesthetic appeal. All bowls are turned green from freshly harvested wood in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be used for salads, fruit, spices, or display. Each bowl is hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind, signed by the maker, and sealed with a food-safe beeswax.
Toby lives on a 92-acre farm in Fairfield, Vermont, with his wife Laura and border collie, Tuck. The author of many articles and books about writing and American literature, Toby taught in the English Department at the University of Vermont until he retired in 2002. Now a full-time maker of wooden bowls, he works in a first-floor workshop on a Oneway lathe turning hardwood products exclusively from local hardwoods found in his woods or supplied by local loggers.
In addition to bowls, Toby makes one-piece, finely finished toaster tongs from apple, cherry, and maple. Most recently, he has begun making highly polished, aesthetically pleasing but fully functional small hardwood knives and spreaders to use with butter, peanut butter, and jelly as well as cutting cheeses of all sorts.