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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 swirling grain and unusual grain figuring.  They are caused by an irritation in the growing tree from an insect, stress, fungus, virus, etc. The tree tries to isolate the irritation by surrounding it with rapid wild growth, similar to a pearl growing in an oyster.  Burls are highly prized by wood workers due to the wild amazing grain 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 figuring, 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 primarily 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 and some customers have purchased them for serving or displaying food.


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. I often pay $100 for one large burl and generally make only one bowl from this burl!

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Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl  (16WS11)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 17" diam x 3.5" ht, 1/4" wall thickness        
  Currently on display at my shop in Hovland
price: $700


This bowl is for sale but being held on reserve for an exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Garden from May through July 2016. The exhibit is called The Hidden Art of Trees. If you wish to purchase this bowl it will be delivered to you after the exhibit and a $200 deposit to hold it will be required.


   This bowl was turned end-grain from a large sugar maple burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, just on the other side of Lake Superior from where I live (but a long drive around). The complete burl and the half used for this bowl are shown in the slide show. The spalting and figuring in this bowl are spectacular,showing beautiful colors with interesting colorful patterns and curly and quilted maple figuring in the lighter areas. 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. 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 have been filled and sealed, but this area is more fragile than the rest of the bowl so the bowl should not be used for holding heavy objects. 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 is a collector's item and will be the center of attraction wherever it is displayed.


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Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl  (16WS13)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 16.5" diam x 5" ht, 7/16" wall thickness        
  Currently on display at my shop in Hovland
price: $790


This bowl was turned from a sugar maple burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, just on the other side of Lake Superior from where I live. The photos below in the slide show include the complete burl, the two halves of the cut burl, and the piece for this bowl mounted on the lathe. The spalting and figuring in this bowl are spectacular,showing beautiful colors with interesting spalting patterns and curly and quilted maple figuring in the lighter areas. The bark edge adds a natural presence to the bowl and follows the outer contours of the burl. I kept the bowl wall thick to show case the bark and to stabilize the wood. The bowl was turned end-grain and green 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 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 spalting patterns and colors in this bowl are stunning and very unusual, making this a collectors piece.


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Black Ash Burl Bowl (
16WS18=SC262)      See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 12" diam x 2.75" ht, x 5/16" wall thickness          
Currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe       
price: $225

This bowl is from a black ash burl harvested from a tree that was loaded with burls from a friend’s land near Two Harbors, MN. An image of the burl is shown below in the slide show. The wood grain is stunning with bird’s eye and lace figuring, some curly flame figuring in the lighter areas, ans swirling grain and wiggly dark lines from spalting. The wood has a golden brown color with contrasting light areas, a natural bark edge, and charming “potato-chip” warping. There is lots of chatoyance (tiger eye glow) in this bowl! Each of the bird’s eyes in the wood figuring is the start of a bud that could have grown into a branch. 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 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. It is a treasure from the North Shore of Lake Superior.
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Bark Edged Cherry Burl Bowl (14FW32)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 18" diam x 5" ht,  1/2
" wall thickness                 On display at my shop in Hovland

This bowl was donated to the North House Folk School for their Points North on-line Auction  on September 11, 2015.

This bowl sold in the auction for $670. Thanks to all who placed bids for it. North House Folk School thanks you.

This bowl was one of four from a large cherry burl that wrapped completely around a 4 ft long log. The burl piece used for this bowl is shown in the slide show along with the complete burl. 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 of the bowl. 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 images 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 collector’s piece and would be the center of attraction on a large table!
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Bark Edged Cherry Burl Bowl (16WS9=SC259)   See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 9" diam x 2.5" ht,  3/8
" wall thickness                 On display at the Scenic Cafe
price: $195

This bowl was turned from a cherry burl I purchased. It came from private land near Superior Wisconsin. The slide show shows the complete burl just before being cut in half. This bowl was turned from the right half of this burl. The bowl has a natural bark rim that has red to brown colors and a jagged edge giving nice contrast to the lighter color of the bowl. The grain figuring shows tiny bird’s eyes, swirling lines, interesting patterns, and contrasting colors from reds to greens. There is also some nice curly flame figuring running up the sides. 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.
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Spalted Maple Burl Bowl (16WS27)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 18 x 15 x 4", 7/16" wall thickness 
price: $595     
                                                                       Currently on display at my Hovland shop

This bowl was turned from a large sugar maple burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, near the south shore of Lake Superior. Images of the complete burl and the half used for this bowl are shown in the slide show below. The burl was large and I cut it exactly in half, perpendicular to the axis of the tree branch. The spalting patterns in this bowl are very pronounced, showing nice colors and interesting swirling grain. There is also some curly and feather figuring in the lighter areas. The natural bark edge is very irregular and follows the outer contours of the burl. The spalting and jagged edge give a dramatic appearance. The bowl was turned end-grain and 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 unusual bowl is large and will be a great conversation piece. It can be displayed on a large table. 

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Wild Cherry Burl Bowl  (15SF19=SC242)  
dimensions: 9" diam x 4.5" ht, 5/16" wall thickness        
  Currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe
price: $195


This bowl is from a small wild cherry burl that wrapped completely around a 2 ft long log. The half of the burl used for this end-grain bowl is shown below in the slide show. The burl was sold to me and came from northern Wisconsin on private. The burl was turned end-grain to give a dramatic bark edge that follows the outer contours of the burl. The pith or center of the log is near the center of the bowl, and can be seen in the bottom of the bowl. The grain figuring is very nice with many bird’s eyes, swirling lines, and various shades of red and brown colors. 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 nicely sized wild cherry burl bowl that will stimulate conversation. 
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Black Ash Burl Bowl  (14FW30=SC218)            See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 14" x 11 x 3.5 ", 5/16 " wall thickness        
 
Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe
price: $240

This bowl is from a black ash burl harvested from a tree that was loaded with burls from a friend’s land near Two Harbors, MM. An image of a part of the tree is shown in the slide show. An image of the burl used for this burl is also shown in the slide show. The grain figuring in this bowl is spectacular with tiny bird’s eyes everywhere, interwoven with lace figuring.The wood just below the bark shows some flame figuring, and there are amazing wild dark swirling patterns reminiscent of moss agate throughout the bowl. The bowl also has an interesting warping of the flat perimeter adding to the charm of this bowl. My bowls are turned green so some warping happens during drying. 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 one of the better black ash burl bowls I have seen!

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Flaming Large Birch Burl Bowl (16WS22)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 15" diam x 6" ht,  1/2
" wall thickness                 On display at my shop in Hovland
price: $890
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, but a very long drive around! The photo in the slide show below shows half of the burl, mounted on the lathe ready to turn. This piece is about 18” in diameter, and the complete burl was 3 ft by 2 ft! The flame figuring in this bowl is spectacular and shows everywhere in the bowl. The bowl glows as if on fire from the amazing chatoyance. 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 static images cannot show the amazing depth and glow of the flame figuring. The moving eye is needed to see the flames dance. 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.
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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

SOLD 4/11/15

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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Bark Edge Cherry Burl Bowl (15SF7=SC260)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 12" diam x 5" ht, 3/8" wall thickness  price: $330      
  Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe

This bowl is from a medium sized cherry burl that wrapped completely around a 2 ft long log. The complete burl is shown below and the lower half was used for this bowl (shown below mounted on the lathe). The burl was sold to me and came from northern Wisconsin on private land not far from Duluth MN. 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 of the bowl. The grain figuring is spectacular with many bird’s eyes, swirling lines, and colors including reds and greens that contrast with the lighter areas. The common circular grain pattern in the bottom morphs into beautiful burl wood with mottled agate figuring up the sides and especially near the rim. There was some minor checking on the bottom during drying. These small splits are filled, glued, and sealed. 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 nice medium sized cherry burl bowl that will stimulate conversation.
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Black Ash Burl Bowl (15WS8 = SC233)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 13.5" diam x 2.5" ht, 1/4" wall thickness  price: $225     
  Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe


This bowl is from a black ash burl harvested from a tree that was loaded with burls from a friend’s land near Two Harbors, MN. An image of the burl is shown below. The wood is beautiful with bird’s eye figuring, some curly flame figuring in the lighter areas, swirling grain and wiggly dark lines from spalting, and some small worm holes. The wood has a golden brown color and the natural bark edge is dramatic and even contains some north woods moss. 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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Stunning Aspen Burl Bowl (16WS28)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 9 diam x 5" ht, 3/8" wall thickness     price: $325      
  Currently on display at my Hovland shop

This bowl was turned from a medium sized aspen burl burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, near the south shore of Lake Superior. Images below show the complete burl and how it was cut into the piece mounted on the lathe ready to turn. The colors and figuring in this bowl are spectacular. Colors range from red to golden brown. The grain is swirling and wavy with small tight swirls. There is a lot of curly flame figuring with good chatoyance. The top view into this bowl is mesmerizing. The natural bark edge is very irregular and follows the outer contours of the burl. The grain and jagged edge give a dramatic appearance to this bowl. 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. Aspen burls are rare and I only get a few of them each year. They are my favorite burl! This one is special.
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Wild Cherry Burl Bowl (16WS7)             See images of bowl in slide show below
dimensions: 10.5" diam x 4.5" ht, 1/2" wall thickness  price: $230      
 
Currently on display at my Hovland Shop

SOLD 1/29/16

This bowl was turned from a large cherry burl I purchased. It came from private land in central Minnesota. A photo of the burl cut up and ready for turning is presented in the slide show below. The bowl has a natural bark edge that is jagged and dramatic. I turned the wall a bit thick to showcase the beautiful bark. The grain figuring is spectacular with tiny birds eyes, swirling lines, interesting patterns, and contrasting colors from reds to greens. There is also some nice curly flame figuring running up the sides. 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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Bark Edged Wild Cherry Burl Bowl             15SF26   
        See images of bowl below
dimensions:  8.5 diam x 3.5 inches,   5/16" wall thickness        Currently on display in my Hovland shop
price: $135
SOLD 10/10/15
This small bowl is from a wild cherry burl that wrapped completely around a 1.5 ft long log. The half of the burl used for this end-grain bowl is shown in the image in the slide show. The burl was sold to me and came from northern 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 or center of the log is near the center of the bowl, and can be seen in the bottom of the bowl. The grain figuring is very nice with some bird’s eyes, swirling lines, and various shades of red and brown colors. The contrast between the light and dark areas provides some interesting patterns. There is some checking in the wood near the center but these small splits are sealed and stable. 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 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 nicely colored and patterned wild cherry burl bowl that will stimulate lots of conversation.
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