Singing Bowl Production
The ingot that the bowl starts its life as is comprised out of seven metals which include gold, silver, iron, copper, tin, mercury and lead. Each metal corresponds to a specific chakra and astrological body. They will then put the ingot into the furnace and heat it up from 15 to 20 minutes depending on the size of the bowl and thickness of the ingot. After it is heated to the proper temperature, the ingot is pulled out, placed on an anvil and pounded out. It requires one person holding the ingot with tongs and three others pounding it in sequence. It first has to be pounded flat and then into its curvature. The smallest bowls, 4-5 inches in diameter take over 4 hours to complete. The largest bowls that I have, being about 36 inches in diameter, take many hundreds of hours to complete.