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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 designed for frequent practical use, although their finish is food safe.


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Spalted Birch Burl Bowl  (14WSS16 = SC191)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 9" x 7 ", 3/16 " wall thickness        
  Currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe
price: $170

     This bowl was made from a burl I harvested from a nearly dead birch tree in Hovland, MN. The burl was small and attached to a larger log. The top part of the bowl contains some of the straight grain wood from the log. The shape of the bowl was dictated by the burl and log, and best showed the burly part of the wood. The bowl has deep rich colors at the bottom with nice spalting lines and islands. There is also some beautiful shimmering flame (chatoyance) and the bowl is quite translucent. The bowl has its natural bark edge and a small bark inclusion. The bowl was turned using hand held tools on a lathe from green (wet) wood, dried in a microwave oven and for a few more weeks in the shop, 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.


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Stunning Large Aspen Burl Bowl (13FW11)  
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dimensions: 21" x 4 " ht, x 1/2" wall thickness              Shown here as an example of what is possible
price: $825
This is one of the best bowls I have turned, a museum quality piece.

SOLD 10/30/13

      This large bowl was made from an aspen burl I purchased from local loggers in Hovland in June 2013. The burl was very large and nicely shaped so I could place the foot of the bowl on the rounded barkey top of the burl. The bowl has wild swirling grain figuring with many small eyes, dark earthy colors from spalting, and lots of shimmering flame figuring.It also has all of its natural bark edge. The appearance of this bowl is stunning. The shape of the bowl followed the outer contour of the burl, with a goal of incorporating the natural edge of the burl into the bowl. The bowl was turned from green wood using hand held tools on a lathe, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 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. This bowl would be a great centerpiece for a large table. The bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bowl is a collectors piece and represents the best in aspen burl bowls. The burl alone is a very rare specimen. The images below include similar shots in different lighting to best show the amazing grain figuring. You can enlarge some in full screen mode. 
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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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Natural Bark Edge Cherry Burl Bowl (13FW21=SC202)  
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dimensions: 6" diam, 2" ht,  5/16" wall thickness                 SOLD 9/2/14
price: $160


This bowl was made from a small cherry burl that came from the Minneapolis area. Cherry wood is beautiful and cherry burls are very special. This bowl has spectacular bark and very nice colors and grain figuring. The wood has an unusual glow. The bowl was turned from dry wood using hand held tools on a lathe, and sanded to 600 grit. It 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. This bowl has a great shape and feels nice to hold. It is perfect for a small table or shelf, and sure to stimulate conversation. It should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age.

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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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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

     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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Spectacular Large Aspen Burl Bowl  (14WSS28)        See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 18 x 16 x 4.5, 5/16" wall thickness        
  Currently on display at my Hovland shop
price: $750
A Collector's Piece - One of the best aspen burl bowls I have turned!
SOLD 7/5/14

This bowl was made from a large aspen burl I purchased from loggers in Hovland in the Spring of 2014. The burl was nicely shaped (see below) and large in size. I placed the bottom (foot) of the bowl at the top of the burl in order to make a bowl of maximum size, which best presents the wood grain. You can see the burl on the lathe ready for turning in the photo in the slide show. The natural bark edge of the burl is also along the top rim, and this includes the entire rim. It is unusual to find such large burls that permit a complete natural edge on a large bowl! The bowl has spectacular grain figuring with swirling lines, lots of eyes, dark earthy colors with contrasting light areas, lots of shimmering flame figuring, and several wormholes. The figuring and glow of a bowl with this large size make this a very rare specimen, and definitely a collector's piece. This bowl is a wonderful example of a north shore aspen burl! It has ALL of the great properties that make aspen burls so special. The bowl was turned from green wood using hand held tools on a lathe, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 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 this bowl is best used for artistic display. This bowl would be the center of attraction of a room where it is displayed on a large wood table. 

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Unusual Red Oak Burl Bowl (13FW27 = SC192)         See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions:  13 x 10 x 3.5 ", 5/16" wall thickness   price: $230               
SOLD 9/2/14  
A friend in Minneapolis had a large red oak tree taken down in September of 2013 and discovered a small burl on the tree. The photo of the burl (below in slide show) was taken just before the tree was felled. The tree was old with a lot of rotten areas, but the burl that measured about 14” in diameter was solid. The shape of the bowl evolved from the burl to maximize the interesting grain pattern in the burl. The wood grain is unusual with two swirling areas that look like lungs and lots of interleaving oak grain lines. The bowl has a natural bark edge with nice colors and patterns in the cambium (under-bark) layer, giving this bowl a stunning appearance. The bowl was turned from green wood using handheld tools on a lathe, dried for several months and sanded to 800 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. The bowl shows some interesting warping that occurred during the drying. This warping adds to the beauty of this bowl. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age.
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Natural Edged Cottonwood Burl Bowl  (13WSS 26 = SC151)   
dimensions:  11x 10.5 x 3.5 inches,   price: $170          
      SOLD 9/2/14     
     This flaming natural edged bowl was made from a cottonwood burl. The burl came from Grand Forks, ND, from a downed tree near the Red River of the North. The cottonwood trees that grow along the riverbank are very large and over 300 years old. The trees are full of burls, but many are not satisfactory for bowls.  The burls have amazingly thick bark but it rarely stays on, as was the case with this bowl. The bowl has beautiful flame figuring, a complete natural edge, insect tracks and wormholes. Cottonwood burls are unusual with striped markings and a nice glow from all the shimmering flame figuring. This bowl is quite special since it comes from a very old cottonwood tree in an historic area. You are unlikely to find a cottonwood burl for sale any where else.   

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Unusual Aspen Burl Bowl  (14WSS19)   
dimensions:  10 x 8 x 2.5 inches, wall thickness 1/4 ",   price: $215    
Currently on display at my Hovland shop 
SOLD 7/4/14   
This bowl was made from an aspen burl I obtained from loggers in Hovland in early Spring of 2014. The burl had an odd shape and was small. The bowl has a triangular shape which is unusual, but was dictated by the shape of the burl. The bowl showed great grain figuring, some flame, and amazing contrasting colors. It also has a natural bark edge. This small bowl is a wonderful example of a north shore aspen burl! It has a little of each of the great properties that make aspen burls so special. The shape of this bowl made sanding tedious. I spent over 4 hours sanding this bowl! The bowl was turned from green wood using hand held tools on a lathe, dried for several months, and sanded 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 this bowl is best used for artistic display. It would be a great conversation piece on a shelf or small table.
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Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl (14WSS17=SC193)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions:  11" dia x 3.5 ht ", 5/16" wall thickness       
Currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe
price: $225
SOLD 7/14/14
This bowl was made from a sugar maple burl I obtained from a friend in Centerville, MN, in February of 2014. The burl is shown in the slide show and it wrapped completely around the log. I was able to cut the piece into three end-grain bowl blanks. This bowl has a nice shape with a natural bark edge. Since it was turned end grain, the center of the log is near the center of the bowl and the top rim of the bowl is the outer edge of the burl. The colors are spectacular showing brown, red, and green hues with nice grain figuring and spalting. It also has some interesting bark inclusions, which add a stunning appearance to the bowl. The bowl was turned from green wood using hand held tools on a lathe and sanded to 800 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. The finish is considered food safe but this bowl is best used for artistic display. It would be a great conversation piece on a shelf or table.
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Stunning Large Oak Burl (13FW3 = SC181)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 22 x 14 x 3.5 inches,   price: $475      
           
Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe
 SOLD 6/11/14
 A guy in Duluth, Minnesota, rescued a large oak burl from a firewood pile and asked me if I was interested in buying
it. The burl was very old and dry but had a decent shape. See the image of the burl below in the slide show. It took a long time to turn this burl. Dry oak is a very hard wood requiring frequent tool sharpening and this old burl produced a lot of dust requiring dust collection and a respirator. The burl was 23 inches long and 15 inches wide, close to the maximum size for my lathe. The shape of the bowl was totally determined by the shape of the burl, avoiding the soft or open areas as much as possible. The wood grain is spectacular with amazing grain figuring, including beautiful flame, and lots of swirling lines from spalting. The bowl has a natural edge with most of its bark, giving this bowl a stunning appearance.
This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bowl is a collector’s piece and would make a great centerpiece for a large table. This is one of the best burl bowls I have turned, and to think it was rescued from a firewood pile! The finish on this bowl is food safe and the bowl could be used for serving bread, but the grain is so stunning that it would be great to just have it on your table or on display on a shelf.
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Rustic Aspen Burl Bowl  (12SS8=SC107)
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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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