Skip to main content

Lou Pignolet Bowls

Artistic and useful lathe-turned wooden bowls.

My Artistic Approach  Lou's Bio  Examples of My Work  Bowls For Sale  My Woodshop  Current Interesting Stuff  Contact Info   
More Examples of Burls >  
More Examples of Recent Burl Bowls are shown below with brief descriptions. All of these have been sold.




Cherry Burl Bowl (about 4.5 inches in diameter, 4 inches high)
Cherry burls are rare and this is the first (and only) one I have turned. The burl was small, the size of a grapefruit that grew on the side of a log. It came from Wisconsin as a gift from a student in one of my wood turning classes.

*******************
 



Cottonwood Burl Bowl (about 18 inches in diameter, 3.5 inches high)
This bowl was made from a large cottonwood burl that came from a fallen tree in the Red River valley near Grand Forks, North Dakota. The tree was over 300 years old. 

*******************




Red Cedar Burl Bowl (about 15 inches in diameter, 8 inches high)
This bowl was made from a large red cedar burl from Idaho. The burl was old and dry and very heavy. The outer part of the burl was so nice I kept the bowl about 1" thick to show off that outer patina. The wood is amazing as you can see in the images above. The bowl was commissioned as a wedding present.  The old burl was provided by the wedding couple!

*******************




Black Ash Burl Bowl (about 8 inches in diameter, 3 inches high)
I have made a lot of black ash burl bowls. Many of these burls had amazing grain patterns and colors. I call these bowls with many eyes. All of these burls came from the Hovland, Minnesota, area.

*******************



Another Black Ash Burl Bowl (about 8 inches in diameter, 5 inches high)
This black ash burl had really nice colors and flame figuring.  This bowl was one of my favorites so below is another image of this bowl.



*******************

Big Leaf Maple Burl Bowl (about 12.5 inches in diameter, 7 inches high)
This bowl has amazing flame/curly figuring and cascades of tiny eyes. I do not normally work with non-local wood, but this west coast burl was given to me by a friend and I could not resist turning it. The burl was old and dry and messy to turn. I donated this bowl to the North House Folk School for the 2013 Points North on-line Auction. 










*******************

Wormy Aspen Burl Bowl (about 17 inches in diameter, 3 inches high)
This bowl was turned from an old aspen burl from Hovland, Minnesota. The burl was full of worms eating the wood. The bowl shows great grain figuring and many worm holes and tracks. You never know what you will get from an aspen burl. I love the worm holes and the rustic reality of this bowl.
 



 
*******************

Awe-Inspiring Aspen Burl Bowl (about 23 inches in diameter, 4 inches high)
This bowl was turned from a very large aspen burl from Hovland, Minnesota. The burl weighed over 100 pounds. The bowl came out amazing with swirling grain figuring, lots of flame, eyes, earthy colors, worm holes, and all of its natural bark edge. The size makes this one really stand out. I think aspen burls are the most challenging and most beautiful burls to work with.





*******************
Aspen Burl Bowl (7.25 inches in diameter, 4 inches high)
Bark edged aspen burls are my favorite wood to turn. They are always challenging but seldom disappoint. This bowl was turned from an old and dry aspen burl. I love the shape and feel of this bowl.



*******************

Oak Burl Bowl (22 inches in length, 3.5 inches high)
I turned this amazing bowl from an old oak burl that was rescued from a firewood pile north of Duluth, MN. The burl was difficult to turn due to the hardness of the wood and the dust that was created by this dry old burl. This view shows the beautiful grain figuring and spalting in this burl.


*******************

Another Large Aspen Burl Bowl (about 21 inches in diameter, 4 inches high)
This bowl was turned from a very large aspen burl from Hovland, Minnesota.  The bowl came out amazing with swirling grain figuring, lots of curly flame, tight swirls, earthy colors, and all of its natural bark edge. The size makes this special. I think you can tell how much I love aspen burls and I may never get another one of this size and quality.





*******************
Flaming Birch Burl Bowl (18 inches in diameter, 5 inches high)
This burl came from the UP of Michigan and was large enough for two bowls. The images below show a side and top view of one of these bowls. Both bowls sold quickly.




Check out the burl bowls for sale for more examples of burl bowls.