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Bark Edged and more Burl Bowls For Sale
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    My goal as a wood turner is to show off the natural beauty of the wood.  Bark is a beautiful part of a tree.  It is the part we generally see and feel.  The texture of bark is special to me, so most of my bowls have bark edges. It is much more time consuming to turn a bark edged bowl.  I generally turn green wood and the cambium layer just below the bark is soft and wet.  This causes the bark to easily break off during turning and drying.  The only way to keep the bark on a bowl is to saturate this soft layer with low viscosity cyanoacrylate glue. This glue sets up under wet conditions and stabilizes and hardens the cambium layer.  It is also easy to sand and totally non toxic (it is commonly used in place of sutures after surgery). I have rarely had bark break off a finished bowl. All of my bark edged bowls are guaranteed, but they are not designed for rough utility use.  They would be fine for serving bread or fruit, but not for serving salad.

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Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl  (17W29)     See images of bowl below in the slide show
dimensions:  11.5" diam x 3.5" ht, 5/16 " wall thickness              Currently on display in my Hovland shop
price: $380 

SOLD 5/15/17
This bowl was turned from a sugar maple burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, near the southern shore of Lake Superior. In the images below you can see the complete burl, the burl cut into two pieces, and the piece used for this bowl mounted on the lathe ready to turn. These images of the burl show the amazing colors and spalting patterns that get me excited before the bowl is turned. In this bowl, the light area just below the bark rim has wiggly curl figuring that extends into the red-brown-green mottled agate pattern giving a spectacular appearance. I have seldom observed this unusual play of spalting patterns, colors, and curl in wood. The natural bark edge is irregular and follows the outer contours of the burl. The bark is dark brown with wavy light lines, and has some green lichen on the outer edge. The bowl was turned end-grain and green and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping that I really like. You can see the pith or center of the log in the lighter side near the bottom The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bowl has unusual colors and patterns from spalting, making it a collector’s piece. This bowl would look great on a small table, and would make a spectacular gift.

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Bark Edged Black Walnut Bowl (17W23 = SC299)

dimensions: 8.5 x 7 x 3.5", 3/16" wall thickness
price: $150    
On display at the Scenic Cafe



This bowl is from a black walnut log I obtained from a friend in Hopkins, Minnesota. The black walnut tree was taken down since it was too close to a home. The log was about 10” in diameter and mostly straight grained. The shape of the bowl comes from the natural curvature of the log. It has an elegant form that nicely shows off the wood and bark. The bark is dark brown with interesting islands of red-orange with black borders. The wood shows good contrast between the light sapwood and the dark brown heartwood. The grain of the heartwood is beautiful showing an interesting pattern with four small knots and growth lines that range in color from red to brown. Black walnut wood is very classy and this bowl has a great appearance with the white sapwood band just below the bark. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe so it can be used for serving food or displaying things. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. The shape of this bowl suggests its use to serve hors d’oeuvres or to display interesting objects, or simply to display as an artistic piece.
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Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl (17W24) 
dimensions:  11" diamx x 4" ht, 1/4" thickness   price: $390                 Currently on display in my Hovland Shop


This bowl was turned from a sugar maple burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, near the south shore of Lake Superior. The photo below shows the burl, mounted on the lathe ready to turn. The spalting patterns in this bowl are very pronounced and include a dark bark inclusion and wavy spider lines. The light area just below the bark rim has some curl in quilt figuring patterns that extends into the red-brown mottled pattern giving a spectacular appearance. The contrast between the light and dark areas is really nice and has the appearance of a moss agate scene. The natural bark edge is irregular and follows the outer contours of the burl. The bark is dark brown with wavy light lines. The bowl was turned green and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping that I really like. You can see the pith of the log in the lighter side near the bottom (the alien’s head). The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bowl has unusual colors and patterns and has a great shape and feel
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Unusual Aspen Burl Bowl(17SF2=SC306)        See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions:  15" long x 12" wide x 3" high,  wall thickness 1/4"        price: $340      On display at my Hovland Shop

This bowl was turned from an aspen burl that is from the south shore of Lake Superior in the UP of Michigan. A photo below shows the burl with its bark and elongated in the direction of the log. The wood has amazing figuring that includes wavy circular grain, tight swirls typical of aspen burl, shimmering flame (chatoyance), and dark wavy lines and patterns from spalting. There was some decay and insect damage in this burl leading to a few small bark inclusions and and there are two beautiful knots. The combination of the golden colors, grain figuring, and dark bark that surrounds the top edge of the bowl is stunning. The shape of the bowl evolved from the shape of the burl, and my desire to bring out the beauty of the wood and maintain a complete bark edge. The base of the bowl was positioned on the top of the burl so the bark edge has a maximum diameter and an elongated natural shape. The bark is really special and the jagged edge comes from the bumps on the burl. It took a lot of patience to turn this bowl and keep the bark in tact. The bowl was turned from green wood and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping that I really like. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age.
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Spalted Maple Burl
Bowl (16SF44=SC289)       
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dimensions:  10" x 8" x 4" ht (1/4" wall thickness),   price: $185          
Currently on display
at the New Scenic Cafe

This bowl was turned from a sugar maple burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, near the south shore of Lake Superior. The burl wrapped completely around the outer part of the log but was not very thick, so I call it a burly log. An image of a piece of this burly log, mounted on a lathe, is shown below. The spalting in this bowl is very pronounced, showing vivid colors and interesting patterns. The natural bark edge is irregular and follows the outer contours of the burly log. The shape of the burl comes naturally from the curvature of the log. The bowl was turned green and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping that I really like. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bowl has unusual and vivid colors from spalting.
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Spalted Maple Burly Slab Bowl  (16WS25)
See images of bowl in slide show below                                     Currently on display at my Hovland Shop    
dimensions:  19 x 17 x 4 inches (1/2 " wall thickness)          price: $995                

SOLD 5/8/16

This stunning bowl was turned from a sugar maple slab (cut cross section) of a large maple log near the root that was encircled with many small burly growths. I purchased this burly slab from a logger in Felch, MI, just across Lake Superior from where I live.  Photosbelow show a top view of the cross section and the piece mounted on the lathe ready to turn. This large bowl is amazing with deep vibrant colors and unusual patterns from spalting and swirling grain figuring from the burls. The pattern looks like a large bird with spread wings! Visually this bowl is stunning, and the bark edge adds a nice rustic touch and really shows the outer contours of the burly slab. The pith of the log is near the center of the bowl and there are amazing dark rays radiating out toward the outer bark giving a sunburst impression. The bowl was turned end-grain from green wood, and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping that I really like. It also produces some hairline cracks near the pith of the log in the bottom of the bowl. This always happens with end-grain turned bowls and should not cause any problems. These small cracks are filled and sealed. The bowl was dried for several months and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. The bowl is a collector's piece and its large size makes it suitable for a large table. It will nicely serve as the central attraction in a room. 


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Flaming Large Birch Burl Bowl (16WS26)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions:  18" diam, x 5" ht, 1/2 wall thickness          price: $1050          Currently on display in my Hovland shop

SOLD 5/22/16

This bowl was turned from a large white birch burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, just on the other side of Lake Superior from where I live. The photo below shows half of the burl, mounted on the lathe ready to turn. This piece is about 21” in diameter, and the complete burl was 3.5 ft by 2.5 ft (also shown in slide show)! The flame figuring in this bowl is spectacular and is seen everywhere in the bowl. The bowl glows as if on fire from the amazing chatoyance and the 3D curly flame figuring literally pops out on viewing in person.  Here is a short video of the top of the bowl that better shows the chatoyance (click your back button to return to this page). The bark edge adds a natural presence to the bowl and follows the outer contours of the burl. The bowl was turned green and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping that I really like. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl is a collector’s piece and is one of the most unusual birch burl bowls I have seen. The images cannot show the depth and glow of the flame figuring. This bowl will light up an entire room and provide enjoyment and wonder to those lucky enough to see it. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This is one of the most stunning bowls I have turned.

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Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl (17W15)
dimensions: 18.5 x 14 x 5", 1/2" wall thickness
price: $640      
On display in my Hovland Shop

 
This bowl was turned from a sugar maple burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, near the south shore of Lake Superior. The photos below show the complete burl, the burl cut into two halves, a close up of the half used for this burl. and the piece mounted on my lathe ready for turning. The complete burl wrapped about 85% around the log so I turned this piece end-grain to best present the interesting dark pattern in the wood. The spalting pattern in this bowl is large and spreads like the wings of a great bird around the entire bowl. The color of the spalting is golden brown with interesting dark lines that contrast with the lighter areas, which show flame and quilt figuring. The dark area near the bottom contains three small knots, an unusual feature for a burl. The natural bark edge is irregular and follows the outer contours of the burl. The bark is dark brown with wavy light lines. The bowl was turned end-grain and green and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping that I really like. You can see the pith of the log in the lighter side near the bottom. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This large bowl has unusual colors and patterns from spalting, making it a collector’s piece. This bowl would be spectacular on a large table.
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Bark Edged Black Walnut Bowl (17SF10=SC308)

dimensions: 8.25 x 7.75 x 3" ht, 3/16" wall thickness 
On display at my Hovland shop
price: $140


SOLD 5/25/17
This bowl is from a black walnut log I obtained from a friend in Hopkins, Minnesota. The black walnut tree was taken down since it was too close to a home. The log was about 10” in diameter and mostly straight grained. The shape of the bowl comes from the natural curvature of the log. It has an elegant form that nicely shows off the wood and bark. The bark is dark brown with interesting islands of red-orange with black borders. The wood shows some contrast between the light sapwood and the dark brown heartwood. The grain of the heartwood is beautiful showing some flame rays and growth lines that range in color from red to brown. Black walnut wood is very classy and this bowl has a great appearance with the dark bark edge and the rich colors in the heart wood. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe so it can be used for serving food or displaying things. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. The shape of this bowl suggests its use to serve hors d’oeuvres or to display interesting objects, or simply to display as an artistic piece.
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Red Maple Burl Bowl (17W11=SC296)

dimensions: 16 x 13 x 2.5", 5/16" wall thickness
price: $315                                                                   
On display at The New Scenic Cafe


This bowl was turned from a red maple burl that came from the south shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A photo below show the burl mounted on the lathe. The bark on the top of the burl has been turned off to make sure this area is solid for the base of the bowl. The base of the bowl was positioned on the top of this burl so the outer bark edge will trace the lower perimeter of the burl. The edge of the bowl contains the bark and gives a very unsymmetrical shape to the bowl. The figuring in this bowl is unusual with dark red-brown broken streaks running parallel, giving the appearance of marble or granite. There is also a subtle curly figuring that runs perpendicular to the streaks. The colors include cream, brown and red. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe, dried, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. The figuring in this bowl is very unusual and different from other red maple burls I have seen. The bowl has a stunning appearance.
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Elegant Aspen Burl Bowl (17W18)

dimensions: 9" diam x 6" ht, 5/16" wall thickness
price: $445                                                           
On display at my Hovland shop


SOLD 1/11/17
This bowl was turned from an aspen burl that came from the south shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The photos below show the burl with its thick knobby bark. There is also an image of the trimmed burl mounted on the lathe so you can see how it was turned. The wood has amazing figuring that includes wavy circular grain, tight swirls or crow’s feet, shimmering flame (chatoyance), and dark patterns from spalting. The combination of the golden colors, grain figuring, and rising dark bark that surrounds the top edge of the bowl is breathtaking. The shape of the bowl evolved from the shape of the burl, and my desire to bring out the beauty of the wood and maintain a complete bark edge. The bark is really special and its jagged shape comes from those knobby bumps on the burl. It took a lot of patience to turn this bowl and keep the bark in tact. The bowl was turned from green wood and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping that I really like. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This is a very unusual bowl that is destined to be a collector’s piece. If you look at my bowls over the years you will quickly discover that aspen burls are my favorite wood to turn. They are rare and always have amazing colors and grain. They are also the most difficult wood I turn due to lots of decay, soft areas, and many frost circular frost cracks. I spend double the time turning an aspen burl compared with other wood types, but as you can tell from this bowl it is totally worth it. 

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Large Spalted Maple Burl bowl  (16SF40)

dimensions: 23 x 19 x 4", 1/2" wall thickness
price: $1250                                                         
On display at my Hovland Shop


This large amazing bowl was turned from a sugar maple burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, near the south shore of Lake Superior. A photo below shows a cross section of the burl, mounted on the lathe ready to turn. This large burl wrapped about 75% around the log so I turned it end grain to best show the spalting pattern and the impressive saw tooth bark. The spalting pattern in this bowl is spectacular, and shows rays extending from the dark pith of the log and wrapping around the entire bowl. I think it looks like an enormous spreading tree, but others see a scary beast with wings or a large mushroom. The brown-yellow-red colors are vivid, starkly contrasting with the light areas. The dark areas have unusual fern figuring while the lighter areas show some curl and quilt figuring. This figuring is shown in the close up images, but it is much more visible in real life. The natural bark edge is irregular and follows the outer contours of the burl. The spalting and jagged edge give a dramatic appearance, especially when coupled with the very large size. The bowl was turned end-grain and green and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping that I really like. In this case the lighter area below the pith is slightly raised from warping. There are a few checks around the pith as usual and these are sealed and stable. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. The bowl is large and stunning, making it a collector’s piece. This is one of my very best bowls. It would be a real conversation piece when placed on a large table, and it can be used to hold some apples.
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