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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 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 for artistic display both visually and for the feel of the wood texture. They are not intended for frequent practical use, although their finish is food safe.


All of the burls I use are obtained from people I know and are legally harvested from private land or by permit from State or Federal land. I will not accept any burls of questionable origin. I often pay $100 for one large burl and make one bowl from this burl!

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Black Ash Burl Bowl  (14FW25)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 11" x 5 ", 7/16 " wall thickness        
  Currently on display at my shop in Hovland
price: $330

     This bowl came from an enormous black ash burl. The burl is from a friend’s private land in Grand Rapids, MN. The burl was challenging to cut up to give a maximum number of bark edged bowls. The grain figuring in this bowl is spectacular with many tiny bird’s eyes interwoven with lace. This is a very special grain figuring sometimes seen in burls. The grain just below the bark shows curly flame figuring and images that look like mountain peaks. Black ash is a special wood of great importance to Native Americans. It was used to make baskets, canoe ribs, lacrosse sticks, and its bark has medicinal properties. Black ash trees grow in swampy areas and are under attack by the emerald ash borer. We may lose all of these trees in the coming years. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and mineral oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. It is an excellent example of black ash burl.


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 Large Black Ash Burl Bowl (14FW10=SC216)      See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 18" x 3 " ht, x 3/8" wall thickness                   Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe
price: $495

 
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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Black Ash Burl Bowl  (15WS5)         See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 12.5" x 3 ", 3/8 " wall thickness        
  Currently on display at my shop in Hovland
price: $230

     This bowl was one of many from an enormous black ash burl. The burl is from a friend’s private land in Grand Rapids, MN. The burl was challenging to cut up to give a maximum number of bark edged bowls. The grain figuring is spectacular with bird’s eye figuring interwoven with lace figuring. The grain just below the bark shows curly flame figuring. The bowl also has interesting black wiggly lines in the darker areas. These have unusual worm like patterns. Black ash is a special wood of great importance to Native Americans. It was used to make baskets, canoe ribs, lacrosse sticks, and its bark has medicinal properties. Black ash trees grow in swampy areas and are under attack by the emerald ash borer. We may lose all of these trees in the coming years. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and mineral oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. It is a great example of a north woods black ash burl.

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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: $750

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 (15WS6)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 12" diam x 4" ht,  9/16
" wall thickness                 On display at my shop in Hovland
price: $330

This bowl was turned from a large cherry burl I purchased. It came from private land in central Minnesota. The photo below shows the burl mounted on a lathe, ready for turning. The bowl has a natural bark edge that is thick and dramatic. I turned the wall a bit thick to showcase the beautiful bark and the lichens on it.  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. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and mineral oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bowl has a spectacular appearance with its jagged bark edge, dark red colors near the bark, and interesting moss and lichens on the bark.
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Spalted Red Oak Burl
Bowl  (14FW33 = SC222)
          
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dimensions: 13 x 12 x 6.5",   price: $385    
                  
On display at the Scenic Cafe

wall thickness: 3/4 inch

 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 in the slide show. 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, and avoiding the soft or open areas as much as possible and preserving the beautiful outer skin of the burl. The wood is spectacular with swirling grain, curly figuring, and golden flame figuring. There are many interesting shaped islands with black borders from spalting, and colors that include brown, red, and some green. The bowl has a natural edge, giving this bowl a stunning appearance. I kept the wall thick to emphasize the gnarly outer part of the burl. The old burl had lots of insect holes, and ants were busy carving out some openings. You will see some of these interesting structures 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 and would fit nicely in a rustic cabin.

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Black Ash Burl Bowl  (14FW31 = SC220)          See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 11" diam, 7", 3/8 " wall thickness        
  Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe
price: $390

     This large nicely shaped bowl came from an enormous black ash burl (see image 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 special grain figuring sometimes seen in burls. There is also amazing curly figuring running in flaming rays up the sides of the bowl. 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 bowl is quite large and would look spectacular on a table or on a display shelf. It literally glows with all the curly figuring on the sides. This would be at home in a museum, and would be perfect for a collector of wood art.

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Colorful Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl  (15WS2)  
dimensions: 11" diam x 5" ht, 3/8" wall thickness        
  Currently on display in my Hovland Shop
price: $390


This bowl came from a sugar maple burl that wrapped completely around the main log. The main burl is shown below and this bowl is one of four that came from this burl. The burl is from a friend’s private land in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The bowl was turned end-grain so its outer bark edge shows the outer contours of the burl, and the pith (center) of the log is in the bottom of the bowl. The bowl has amazing colors including red and green arranged in flame like patterns coming up the sides of the bowl. The amazing dark lines and vivid colors are from spalting. This bowl has a spectacular appearance with the pearly white areas contrasting with the colorful dark flames and the jagged bark edge. The bark edge also has some green lichen, fresh from the north woods. I have shown images in different types of light in the slide show below to give the best representation of the colors and patterns. It is very difficult to take images that show the true colors. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and mineral oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age.  This bowl is very unusual and will be the center of attraction in any room.  This is a collector's piece. 
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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: $295

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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Unusual Wild Black Ash Burl Bowl  (15WS9)        See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 7.25" diam x 3.5 ht, 1.25" wall thickness        
  Currently on display at my shop in Hovland
price: $245

This bowl is from a black ash burl harvested from tree that was loaded with burls from a friend’s land near Two Harbors, MN. Images of the burl mounted on the lathe and of the tree loaded with burls is shown in the slide show. The wood is spectacular with some bird’s eye figuring, curly flame figuring on the sides, and swirling golden brown grain lines. The outer bark of the burl was amazing with lots of north woods lichen and moss, so I left the bowl thick to emphasize this wonderful bark. 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 bowl has a great feel since it is solid and heavy.

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

This bowl was turned from a large cherry burl that wrapped completely around a 4 ft long log (see image below). The burl piece used for this bowl is also shown below. The burl was sold to me and came from western Wisconsin on private land. The burl was turned end-grain to give a dramatic bark edge that follows the outer contours of the burl. The pith of the log is near the center of the bowl, and can be seen in the bottom. The grain figuring is spectacular with tiny bird’s eyes, swirling lines, and contrasting colors from reds to greens. Some of the lines give interesting patterns including some large bird’s eye figuring. The bowl was turned end-grain using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and mineral oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This is a spectacular large bowl, a collector’s piece! This bowl will be the center of attraction in any large room.

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


This bowl came from an enormous black ash burl (see photo in slide show). The burl is from a friend’s private land in Grand Rapids, MN. The burl was challenging to cut up to give a maximum number of bark edged bowls. The grain figuring in this bowl is spectacular with many tiny bird’s eyes interwoven with lace. This is a very special grain figuring sometimes seen in burls. The grain just below the bark shows some flame figuring and images that look like mountain peaks. Black ash is a special wood of great importance to Native Americans. It was used to make baskets, canoe ribs, lacrosse sticks, and its bark has medicinal properties. Black ash trees grow in swampy areas and are under attack by the emerald ash borer. We may lose all of these trees in the coming years. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and mineral oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This is a spectacular large bowl that shows all the great grain figuring of black ash burl and it has a complete natural bark edge.
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Black Ash Burl Bowl (15WS8)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 13.5" diam x 2.5" ht, 1/4" wall thickness  price: $250      
 
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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Gnarly Spalted Sugar Maple Burl (15WS4)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 8" diam x 4.5" ht, 5/16" wall thickness  price: $190      
 
Currently on display in my Hovland shop
 

This bowl came from a sugar maple burl that wrapped completely around the main log and is shown below. The burl is from a friend’s private land in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The bowl was turned end-grain so its outer bark edge shows the outer contours of the burl, and the pith (center) of the log is in the bottom of the bowl. The burl was very punky and really old, probably not worth turning. I had to use a lot of stabilizer to harden the soft areas so they could be turned smoothly. The colors and spalting patterns were so beautiful I just kept going. The colors and spalting patterns are very nice, and there is even some curly maple figuring. The bowl looks like a piece of stone, marble or moss agate, but with some worm holes and tracks. 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 is very unusual and will be a great conversation piece.

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Sugar Maple Burl Bowl  (14FW26=SC217)
          See images of bowl below
dimensions:  15 x 12 x 4.5 inches,   3/8" wall thickness        Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe
price: $310
    
     This bowl came from a sugar maple burl I purchased from a friend. It came from his private land in Grand Rapids, MN. The burl was nicely shaped so I planned the base of the bowl to be on the top of the round burl (see photo of burl mounted on the lathe below). The wood is light in color with some interesting darker areas. It also has curly maple figuring and quilt figuring, giving an elegant appearance. This is a very special grain figuring sometimes seen in maple burls. The grain figuring does not show up strongly in the images, but it looks great in person. This bowl has a spectacular appearance with the pearly white contrasting with the natural bark edge. It also has an unusual shape. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and mineral oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. It would light up any room and stimulate conversation.
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