Before the bowl is spun to shape, the first thing is to create the central dimple, this distinguishing mark of the Iron Bowl is critical to the process of making them. This central divot holds the bowl perfectly centered and tight while it is spinning, so that the bowl can be evenly shaped and held secure. Without this the bowl would slip and become off centered while it is being shaped and ruin the bowl. The process of making the dimple is done by using a 100 year old hand operated fly press, originally from England, to press a divot into the center of the iron. Once this central component is done, the iron is now ready to be spun and shaped.