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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 White Pine Burl Bowl  (15WS10)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 14" x 7", 1.13" wall thickness        
  Currently on display at my shop in Hovland
price: $440


SOLD 1/13/16


     This bowl is from a 40 year old white pine burl I obtained from a friend in Hovland, MN.  An image of the burl is shown below in the slide show. This large bowl has amazing colors including black, orange, blue, and yellow. It has striking flowing patterns, flame and feather figuring, and some shooting orange flames. The patterns in the wood are spooky and dramatic. The outer skin of the old burl also has a great patina that is preserved in the natural edge of the bowl, which I kept thick to show off the texture and colors of the patina. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from dry wood, allowed to settle and move for several weeks, 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 a collector’s piece, a truly amazing colorful and patterned bowl that will stimulate lots of conversation.


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Radiant Black Ash Burl Bowl  (15SF17=SC252)        See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 17 x 15 x 3", 3/8 " wall thickness        
       Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe
price: $330
SOLD 1/31/16

This stunning bowl is from a large black ash burl I purchased from a friend in central Minnesota (see image of burl in slide show). The wood is beautiful with contrasting dark and light areas, bird’s eye, lace, and pearly quilt figuring. It even has some curly flame figuring in the light outer areas near the bark. It is very unusual for wood to show all of these types of grain figuring. The bowl has a natural bark edge that shows the outer contours of the burl. The bowl also has a nice waviness due to warping 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 food safe, although this bowl may be best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve with age. This bowl is large and really glows. It literally lights up a room. It is very special.


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 Large Black Ash Burl Bowl (14FW10)      See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 18" diam x 3" ht, x 3/8" wall thickness                   Currently on display at my Hovland Shop
price: $375

 
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, a clear collectors piece.
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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
price: $700

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 (15SF39=SC254)   See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 7.5" diam x 3.5" ht,  5/16
" wall thickness                 On display at the Scenic Cafe
price: $195

This bowl was turned from a cherry burl I purchased from a friend. It came from private land in central Minnesota. The complete burl is shown below in the slide show. The burl was cut in half and the left half (shown in another image of the cut burl) was used for this bowl. The bowl has a natural bark edge that is thick and dramatic. The grain figuring is spectacular with 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 as rays. 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 Edge Cherry Burl Bowl (15SF10=SC235)             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

SOLD 2/3/16
This bowl is from a medium sized cherry burl that wrapped completely around a 2 ft long log. The complete burl is shown below in the slide show and the upper 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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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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Wild Cherry Crotch Burl Bowl (15SF16)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 15" diam x 5.5" ht,  3/8
" wall thickness                 On display at my shop in Hovland
price: $450
SOLD 9/27/15
This bowl is from a large wild cherry burl that wrapped completely around a 3 ft long log. The burl also had a large crotch (branching of the main log) on one end. The complete burl is shown in the slide show and the upper half (also shown mounted on the lathe) was used for this end-grain bowl. The burl was sold to me and came from private land in northern Wisconsin, 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 two centers (from the crotch) of the log are near the center of the bowl, and can be seen in the bottom of the bowl. There is some interesting feather flame figuring in the crotch area. This motif looks like the face of an owl! The two circular grain patterns in the bottom morph into beautiful burl mottled agate figuring up the sides and especially near the rim. The colors range from red-brown to shades of green. Cherry wood always becomes more red and darker with age. 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 may be best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This is a very unusual burl bowl and will stimulate great conversation. I consider this a collector's piece since it is very unusual, combining the special properties of a crotch and a burl.
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Rustic Spalted Black Ash Burl Bowl  (16WS1 = SC255)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 10" diam x 5 ht, 1.25" wall thickness        
  Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe
price: $220
SOLD 1/31/16

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 bark on this burl was beautiful with north shore lichens and lots of gnarly texture. I decided to keep the bowl quite thick to show the bark. The wood is beautiful with golden swirling grain, wiggly dark lines from spalting, and curly flame rays going up the sides. The bowl is heavy with a great feel and an unusual appearance. 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 that will stimulate great conversation.

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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)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 12" diam x 5" ht, 3/8" wall thickness  price: $330      
  Currently on display in my Shop in Hovland

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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Spalted Black Ash Burl Bowl (15SF18=SC240)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 12 diam x 5" ht, 3/8" wall thickness  price: $245      
  Currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe

SOLD 11/28/15

This bowl is from a large black ash burl (3x4 ft) I purchased from a friend in central Minnesota. The burl came from his private land. The piece for this burl was cut from the main burl (see image of this piecebelow). The wood is golden brown with dark lines from spalting and insects. These lines meander around in interesting patterns. There is a lot of bird’s eye figuring in the grain with feather like rays bursting up the sides into a lighter band beneath the bark that has pearly quilt figuring. The combination of the meandering dark lines and the grain figuring is stunning. The bowl has a natural bark edge that shows the outer contours of the burl. 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 in walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe so this bowl can be used to hold and display food. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve with age. This is one of the more interesting patterned black ash bowls I have seen. 
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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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