It took about 8 months, but I was really pleased with the result.
I eventually gifted the bowl to my friend for a significant birthday – hence the reason for the word 'friend' in Japanese carved into the bowl’s base.
This project taught me that, no matter how difficult the project may be, unless you give it a go you’ll never know what you can achieve.
I am now looking forward to starting my next 'Craft' project, but I have yet to decide what that may be. A Totem pole perhaps.