The way I would tackle the hole? Use a large spade bit in a drill, and drill core holes all around the outer ring of the hole you want. Drill as deep as you want it too. You can leave some space between the holes, but probably no more than 3/4 inches?
Then get a good/sharp wood chisel and start removing the center one chunk at a time. Working around the ring to the middle, and of course the spots between the holes.
I would not use fire to get the depression you need because you will not have as much control. And you will not get the bottoms flat enough. Your pot of flowers would probably wobble all over the place.
Have you thought about buying one of those clear plastic pot bases (I think that is what you call them. Do you know what I mean? Cost about one dollar). A screw or nail thru the middle would hold it on the tree. Flat for your pot, walls for your your pumpkin and a lot easier.
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Conrad, I read your idea aloud to hub who said that it was a good idea. Metwo, I think he liked the simplicity of your's. He may have a little more power when he uses the chisel than I did. We'll see which one gets completed.
I was just thinking of the coals after watching a video about Lewis and Clark and how Native Americans hollowed out trees for canoes with coals. However, my ability to control the fire may not be as good.
We did MORE investigating of using hot coals to hollow out the log. It worked well. My husband thought it would take two years. By scoring the wood where I wanted the "bowl" set, it was completed in four hours. Definitely keep water available when doing a project like this. The plant fits in it nicely. Looking forward to putting in a pumpkin this fall.
Idaho Resident, I thought you had a reason like you mentioned. Sorry to hear about the fires in Idaho. As a child, I learned early on how fire can get out of control. ALWAYS,always have a way to put it out. DH was around watering the garden and yard. He kept an eye on it, too.