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Bowls made from Burls For Sale
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A burl is a growth on a tree that usually has wild grain.  They are caused by an insect, stress, fungus, virus etc that irritates the tree. The tree tries to isolate the irritation by surrounding it with a rapid wild growth, similar to a pearl growing in an oyster.  Burls are highly prized by wood workers due to the wild amazing grain and figuring often present.  Burls are also prone to flying apart on a lathe due to decay, voids, and strange growth patterns.  I generally buy my burls from local loggers, and many have major problems deep inside.  Thus, bowls made from burls are priced a higher than bowls made from normal wood.  You will note a lot of amazing grain, color, texture, spalting, flame, and insect marks in most of the following burl bowls.  These burl bowls are very special and prized by collectors of wood bowls. They will stimulate a lot of conversation and reward its owner with years of visual beauty and unusual texture.

Burl bowls are not for everyone. They are for people who love wood and trees and appreciate having a very special piece of art. These burl bowls are for artistic display both visually and for the feel of the wood texture. They are not intended for frequent practical use, although their finish is food safe.


All of the burls I use are obtained from people I know and are legally harvested from private land or by permit from State or Federal land. I will not accept any burls of questionable origin.

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Black Ash Burl Bowl  (14FW19)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 10" x 4 ", 1/4 " wall thickness        
  Currently on display at my shop in Hovland
price: $255
SOLD 11/19/14

     This bowl came from an enormous black ash burl. The burl is from a friend’s private land in Grand Rapids, MN. The burl was challenging to cut up to give a maximum number of bark edged bowls. The grain figuring in this bowl is spectacular with many tiny bird’s eyes interwoven with lace. This is a very special grain figuring sometimes seen in burls. The grain just below the bark shows curly flame figuring and images that look like mountain peaks. Black ash is a special wood of great importance to Native Americans. It was used to make baskets, canoe ribs, lacrosse sticks, and its bark has medicinal properties. Black ash trees grow in swampy areas and are under attack by the emerald ash borer. We may lose all of these trees in the coming years. 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 mineral 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. It is an excellent example of black ash burl.


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 Large Black Ash Burl Bowl (14FW10)       See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 18" x 3 " ht, x 3/8" wall thickness                   Currently on display in my shop in Hovland
price: $540

      This bowl was turned from a piece of an enormous black ash burl (mounted burl shown in slide show). The burl is from a friend’s private land in Grand Rapids, MN. The bowl is spectacular and shows the unusual beauty of black ash burl. The grain figuring shows many tiny eyes interwoven with lace. This is called lace figuring and is rare and very beautiful. The grain just below the bark shows flame figuring and beautiful contrasting patterns with the bark. The images of the bowl in the slide show do not show the figuring very well. The bowl also underwent amazing warping during drying giving a nice twisted effect. Black ash is a special wood of great importance to Native Americans. It was used to make baskets, canoe ribs, lacrosse sticks, and its bark has medicinal properties. Black ash trees grow in swampy areas and are under attack by the emerald ash borer. We may lose all of these trees in the coming years. 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 mineral 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. It is a collector’s piece and would be the center of attraction in any room!
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Unusual Oak Burl Bowl (14FW1=SC207)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 12 x 10 x 4",  13/16" wall thickness                 On display at the Scenic Cafe
price: $290

A very old oak burl was rescued from a firewood pile in central Minnesota. The burl was dry and dirty, but looked and felt solid. It also had a great outer patina and knobby texture. See the image of the burl below. It took a long time to turn this burl. Dry oak is very hard wood requiring frequent tool sharpening and this old burl produced a lot of dust requiring me to wear a respirator. The shape of the bowl was totally determined by the shape of the burl, avoiding the soft or open areas as much as possible and preserving the beautiful outer skin of the burl. The wood grain is spectacular with beautiful grain figuring, including flame. The bowl has a natural edge, giving this bowl a stunning appearance. The old burl had lots of insect holes and ants were busy carving out some openings. You will see some of these interesting caverns in the bowl, giving a rustic appearance. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from dry wood, and immediately 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 mineral oil. This finish is considered food safe, although the bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bowl is heavy and feels really nice to hold. It will serve as a unique conversation piece.
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Spalted Birch Burl Bowl  (14WSS36 = SC203)            See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 11" diam x 5" ht,   price: $250     
                  
On display at the Scenic Cafe

wall thickness: 5/16 inch

This bowl was made from an enormous birch burl given to me by friends in Hovland in September of 2013. The burl was on a huge dead birch tree (see photo) and difficult to cut. The burl was punky and soft but we cut it anyway into about ten pieces for bowls. This bowl was turned from one of these pieces. Turning was tedious due to the soft wood, and a lot of cyanoacrylate resin was used to harden and stabilize it during the final cuts. The bowl was dried for about six weeks and sanded. A lot of sanding at 80 grit was required to remove the roughness from areas of the punky wood, and final sanding was done to 400 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil (hand rubbed), and hand sanded after each coat, providing a hard protective finish.A hand-buffed thin coat of beeswax/mineral oil was applied next, giving a satiny luster. This finish is considered food safe, but the bowl is best suited for artistic display. The bowl came out quite nice with lots of colors and lines from spalting and some beautiful flame figuring. It also has an interesting shape, like a heart, and there are lots of images in the grain and spalting lines. The edge of the bowl is the natural outside skin of the burl. This bowl is a great representation of the North Woods.

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Colorful Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl  (14FW24)  
dimensions: 12" diam x 5.5" ht, 5/16" wall thickness        
  Currently on display in my Hovland Shop
price: $400


This bowl came from a sugar maple burl that wrapped completely around the main log. The burl is from a friend’s private land in Grand Rapids, MN. The bowl was turned end-grain so its outer bark edge shows the outer contours of the burl, and the pith (center) of the log is in the bottom of the bowl. The bowl has amazing colors including reds and greens arranged in flame like patterns coming up the sides of the bowl. The dark lines and vivid colors are from spalting. The light areas show some quilted figuring, not visible in the images. This bowl has a spectacular appearance with the pearly white areas contrasting with the colorful dark flames and the jagged bark edge. 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 mineral 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 is very unusual and will be the center of attraction in any room. This is a collector's piece. 
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Flaming Birch Burl Bowl  (14WSS25=SC197)        See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 15 x 9 x 3.75, 5/16 to 3/4" wall thickness        
  Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe
price: $375
Very unusual and rare to get this much flame figuring in a bowl

     This bowl was made from a birch burl I purchased from loggers in Hovland, MN, in the Spring of 2014. The burl was medium sized and nicely shaped (see slide show), perfectly set up to place the foot of the bowl at the rounded top of the burl (to the left in the photo of the burl). The shape of the bowl was dictated by the burl, and designed to best show the burly part of the wood. It was also possible to keep a complete natural bark edge. I tapered the edge thickness from 5/16” along the tips to 3/4” in the center to show off the beautiful bark. The wood has amazing flame figuring giving a strong shimmering glow to the bowl. It is unusual to have this much flame (chatoyance) in a birch burl, so this one is quite special. The bowl was turned using hand held tools on a lathe from green (wet) wood, dried for several months, and sanded. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil (hand rubbed), and hand sanded after each coat, providing a hard protective finish. A hand-buffed thin coat of beeswax/mineral oil was applied next, giving a satiny luster. This finish is considered food safe and can be maintained by light buffing with any mineral oil based polish, or just an occasional wiping with a soft cloth. Although this bowl can be used for serving food, it is best to display it as an artistic piece.   It should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bowl will light up any room and be the center of attraction when displayed with good lighting.

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Bark Edge Cherry Burl Bowl  (14FW18)   
dimensions: 18" diam x 7" ht, 7/16" wall thickness        
 
Currently on display at my shop in Hovland
Price: $750

This bowl was turned from a large cherry burl that wrapped completely around a 4 ft long log (see image below). The burl piece used for this bowl is also shown below. The burl was sold to me and came from western Wisconsin on private land. The burl was turned end-grain to give a dramatic bark edge that follows the outer contours of the burl. The pith of the log is near the center of the bowl, and can be seen in the bottom. The grain figuring is spectacular with tiny bird’s eyes, swirling lines, and contrasting colors from reds to greens. Some of the lines give interesting patterns including some large bird’s eye figuring. The bowl was turned end-grain 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 mineral 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 spectacular large bowl, a collector’s piece! This bowl will be the center of attraction in any large room.

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Black Ash Burl Bowl (14FW14)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 11" diam x 5" ht, 3/8" wall thickness  price: $345      
 
Currently on display in my Shop in Hovland


This bowl came from an enormous black ash burl (see photo in slide show). The burl is from a friend’s private land in Grand Rapids, MN. The burl was challenging to cut up to give a maximum number of bark edged bowls. The grain figuring in this bowl is spectacular with many tiny bird’s eyes interwoven with lace. This is a very special grain figuring sometimes seen in burls. The grain just below the bark shows some flame figuring and images that look like mountain peaks. Black ash is a special wood of great importance to Native Americans. It was used to make baskets, canoe ribs, lacrosse sticks, and its bark has medicinal properties. Black ash trees grow in swampy areas and are under attack by the emerald ash borer. We may lose all of these trees in the coming years. 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 mineral 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 spectacular large bowl that shows all the great grain figuring of black ash burl and it has a complete natural bark edge.
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Black Ash Burl Bowl (14FW12 = SC215)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 9" diam x 4" ht, 5/16" wall thickness  price: $245      
 
Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe

This bowl came from an enormous black ash burl (see photo in slide show). The burl is from a friend’s private land in Grand Rapids, MN. The burl was challenging to cut up to give a maximum number of bark edged bowls. The grain figuring is spectacular in this bowl with many tiny eyes interwoven with lace. This is a very special grain figuring sometimes seen in burls. The grain just below the bark shows some flame figuring and images that look like mountain peaks. Black ash is a special wood of great importance to Native Americans. It was used to make baskets, canoe ribs, lacrosse sticks, and its bark has medicinal properties. Black ash trees grow in swampy areas and are under attack by the emerald ash borer. We may lose all of these trees in the coming years. 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 mineral 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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Flaming Birch Burl Bowl (13FW3 = SC208)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 9" diam x 4" ht, 1/4" wall thickness  price: $185      
 
Currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe
 
 
This bowl was made from a birch burl I got from a friend in Hovland, MN, in the Summer of 2014. The burl was small to medium in size and nicely shaped. The shape of the bowl was dictated by the burl, and designed to best show the burly part of the wood. It was also possible to keep a complete natural bark edge. The wood has amazing flame figuring giving a strong shimmering glow to the bowl. It is very desireable to have this much flame (chatoyance) in a birch burl, so this one is special. The bowl was turned using hand held tools on a lathe from green (wet) wood, dried for several months, and sanded. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil (hand rubbed), and hand sanded after each coat, providing a hard protective finish. A hand-buffed thin coat of beeswax/mineral oil was applied next, giving a satiny luster. This finish is considered food safe and can be maintained by light buffing with any mineral oil based polish, or just an occasional wiping with a soft cloth. Although this bowl can be used for serving food, it is best to display it as an artistic piece. It should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bowl will light up any room and be the center of attraction when displayedwith good lighting.
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Rustic Aspen Burl Bowl  (12SS8=SC107)
   See images of bowl below
dimensions:  11 x 9 x 2.5 inches,   price: $150        Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe
     
     Burls from quaking aspen trees are rare and one this unsymmetrical presented a challenge. See images of the burl and the resulting bowl below in the slide show.  The burl had a decayed area right in the center resulting in an interesting natural edged hole in the bottom. The bowl has beautiful swirling grain, earthy colors, and some shimmering flame. It is a great example of the amazing wood sometimes found in aspen burls. The bowl also has a natural burl edge all around the outside. This bowl is for a person who really appreciates the beauty of wood.  It is a conversation piece and certainly not a practical bowl for serving nuts. This burl came from an old aspen tree that grew in Hovland, not far from the shore of Lake Superior.  I purchased the burl from Hovland loggers. It is reasonably priced due to the unusual rustic form, so a good deal for the collector.

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