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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.

                                                               SOLD 6/12/16

   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

SOLD 6/12/16

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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Wild Cherry Burl Bowl (
16SF1=SC271)      See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 8.5 - 4" diam, x 4" ht, x 1/4" wall thickness          
Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe    
price: $275
SOLD 6/26/16
This bowl is from a wild cherry burl that wrapped completely around a log. The half of the burl used for this end-grain bowl is shown in the slide show below. The complete burl was sold to me and came from private land near Duluth, MN. The burl was turned end-grain to give a 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. There are several knots in the side and bottom of the bowl that show interesting patterns. The grain figuring is very nice with some bird’s eyes, swirling lines, shades of reds and greens, and some flame. The outer wall has the appearance of mottled stone. The shape of the bowl was carved to best show the grain figuring and the bark. 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.The bowl has burl figuring everywhere which is unusual. Normally there there are areas of some straight grain wood. 
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Spalted Maple Burl Bowl (16SF15)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 10" diam x 4.75" ht,  5/16
" wall thickness                 On display at my shop in Hovland
price: $440

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 and the half used for this bowl, mounted on the lathe ready to turn. The spalting patterns in this bowl are very pronounced, showing amazing colors and rays/zones of color pointing upward and outward toward the bark. The brown-yellow-red-green colors are vivid, almost unreal starkly contrasting with the light areas. The natural bark edge is 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 bowl has unusual and vivid colors from spalting, making this a collectors piece. This bowl has the most unusual coloring off any bowl I have turned.
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Wild Cherry Burl Bowl (16SF2)   See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 8" diam x 5" ht,  3/8
" wall thickness                 On display at my Hovland shop
price: $250

This bowl is from a wild cherry burl that grew on one side of the log. The burl used for this end-grain bowl is shown in the image below. The burl was sold to me and came from private land near Duluth, MN. An image of the burl is in the slide show. The base of the bowl was positioned in the straight grain part of the log (to the left in the burl image) to give a good depth to the bowl. You can clearly see the transition from straight grain to figured burl as you scan from the bottom to the top of the bowl. The grain figuring of the burl area is beautiful with lots of bird’s eyes and mottled patterns. There are also the usual swirling lines, and shades of reds and greens, and some flame. The bark is spectacular with its dark red color and jagged edge, especially on the outer areas. The shape of the bowl was carved to best show the grain figuring and 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, 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 has a great appearance and feel.
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Spalted Maple Burl Bowl (16WS27=SC270)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 18 x 15 x 4", 7/16" wall thickness 
price: $695     
                                                                       Currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe

SOLD 6/10/16
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. This is a collector's piece

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Small Aspen Burl Bowl  (16SF3)  
dimensions: 5.5" diam x 3.25" ht, 1/4" wall thickness        
  Currently on display in my Hovland Shop
price: $175

SOLD 7/2/16
This bowl is small but aspen burls are rare and have the most beautiful figuring. This bowl was turned from a small aspen burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, near the south shore of Lake Superior. The burl mounted on the lathe is contained in the slide show below. This bowl has amazing patterns of dark lines swirling around like tiger stripes, laced with curly flame figuring on a golden background. 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! Although small, this bowl has a lot of character and will light up a small table or shelf.
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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

SOLD 6/19/16
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, 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. This is an art collector's bowl.
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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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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

SOLD 5/12/16
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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Spalted Red Maple Burl Bowl (16WS35=SC267)       See images of bowl in slide show below
dimensions: 10.5" diam x 4.5" ht, 1/2" wall thickness         On display at the New Scenic Cafe  
 

price: $300  

Sold 6/7/16
Currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe

This bowl was turned from a small sized red 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 burl was old and wet with some soft areas. I decided to turn it any way since this is the first red maple burl I have worked with. The soft punky areas required stabilization with a wood hardener. These are the lighter areas of the bowl. I also kept the bowl thick to minimize problems with the soft areas. The red to gold colors are stunning and the mossy and curly figuring in this bowl are very nice. The spalted areas show some interesting patterns as they merge with the darker wood. There are small worm tracks scattered around the bowl. The natural bark edge shows the outer contours and patina of the burl. The shape of this bowl is unusual and was chosen to best show the figuring and irregular outer shape of the burl. 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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Bark Edge Cherry Burl Bowl (16WS36=SC273)               See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 14 x 11.5 x 6", 1/2" wall thickness  price: $425      
  Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe

This bowl was turned from a cherry burl I purchased from private land near Superior Wisconsin. The photo below shows the burl mounted on a lathe. The burl had a large branch growing out one side so I decided to turn this end grain to give a crotch pattern in the bowl. A top view of the bowl (see slide show) shows the central pith of the main log surrounded by burl except where the straight grain branch grows out.  This gives an unusual shape and appearance of two eyes separated by a black line at the crotch. You can clearly tell where the wild grain of the burl merges with the straight grain of the branch. The bowl has a natural bark rim that has dark red to brown colors and a jagged edge around the burl giving nice contrast to the lighter color of the bowl. The grain figuring shows tiny bird’s eyes, some curly flame, and interesting patterns. 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 is an unusual bowl and sure to stimulate conversation.

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