BW -- I cut the rings using the sharp point of a skew chisel, looked around for something to burn those the way Mike Hawkins does his but couldn't find anything. Ended up just leaving them as they were.
The text I burned using a soldering iron, I sharpened the tip to a point (25W, it takes a while to get up to temperature but gets there eventually.) I'm still learning to write holding the handle so far from the tip -- gets a bit shaky, and turning corners isn't easy!
nice job on the bowl. Very nice coloring and I also like the lip. If you don't have any formica samples, you can use a dull screwdriver. Hold it there with moderate pressure and it'll eventually get hot and burn the groove. A small screwdriver works better than a big one.
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