The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Taking up bread baking :)

CathyE's picture

Taking up bread baking :)

What a treat to find this site!  I actually stumbled upon it while doing some research on using wooden bowls for making bread.  My grandmother made some of the most amazing bread and her most treasured item were her wood trenchers to mix and rise the dough in.  I was surprised to find that many bread makers do not use wood bowls and even more surprised to find so little for sale that also were not works of art with a matching price tag.  I found a Native American website that has some lovely handmade unfinished trenchers and some great advice on how to cure the bowls from a 2009 thread on this forum!  I am also part of a local artisan bread baking group on Facebook so that helps with finding items locally--like oo flour--really O_o?  I am a baker, but plan to step it up a notch ;) and am so delighted by the "challenge" and wealth of information I have found here.

Hope to chat with you all later and will post pictures of my wooden bowls when I get them.  

Postal Grunt's picture
Postal Grunt

If you're located in New England, you might enjoy a visit to Gill, MA on the Mohawk Trail and stop at Perterman's Boards and Bowls. They often have unfinished seconds that will work for making bread. They also have a website for more information for out of area shoppers.

CathyE's picture

Thank you for the suggestion.  Sadly, I live clear across the other side in Sierra foothills.  I do have access to a TREMENDOUS amount of downed olive, almond and walnut trees and am really considering making my own----hahahhaha----NOT.  But maybe I can get a wood working pal to barter with ..... :)


dabrownman's picture

I found a pampered chef clay, an ancient ceramic and a wood bread bowl there for a total of $3 on Dollar Thursday's.  All work great.


mkelly27's picture

Please post some links for dough troughs as I have been looking for them.

JoeV's picture

If you go into your search engine and input "dough trough," toy will find everything from antique wooden troughs to commercial stainless steel troughs for commercial bakeries. Any vessel can be used as a dough trough as long as it can handle the dough volume at full rise.

Here are some old ones from

plevee's picture

There are scads on eBay - new and old -  some quite cheap.