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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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Unusual Aspen Burl Bowl  (16SF46=SC290)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 14 x 9 x 3", 1/4" wall thickness        
  Currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe
price: $350


This bowl was turned from a small aspen burl that grew out of a large log (see image of the burl in slide show below). The burl came from the south shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I incorporated part of the log into the bowl since the burl was just a small bump on a large log, and I wanted to show some of the thick bark. The result is unusual and clearly shows the transition from straight grain aspen wood into the nicely figured burl. The burl wood shows amazing figuring that includes interesting colored patterns and shimmering flame (chatoyance). The chatoyance continues from the horizon of the hollowed burl into the flat areas of the log. The bark along the edges of the log is golden brown and jagged and nicely contrasts the light aspen wood. The bowl was turned from green wood 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, 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 very unusual bowl that will certainly stimulate conversation.


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Spalted Wild Cherry Burl Bowl (17W12)   See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 7" diam x 5" ht,  5/16
" wall thickness                 On display at my Hovland shop
price: $235

This bowl is from a wild cherry burl that grew on one side of a log. The burl used for this bowl is shown in the slide show below. The burl was sold to me and came from private land near Duluth, MN. The base of the bowl was positioned near the straight grain part of the log to give a good depth to the bowl and a complete bark edge. The grain figuring of the burl is beautiful with bird’s eyes, curl and mottled patterns. The wood is spalted giving some green and dark patterns, and there are many worm tracks and holes giving an amazing appearance. The bark is spectacular with its dark red color and jagged edge. 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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Stunning Aspen Burl Bowl (16WS28)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 17 x 15 x 3", 7/16" wall thickness 
price: $715     
                                                                       Currently on display at my Hovland shop

This bowl was turned from a large aspen burl that came from the south shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A photo below shows the burl mounted on the lathe ready for turning. The wood has amazing figuring that includes surprising patterns, tight swirls, and shimmering flame (chatoyance). The glowing flame occurs in all of the ivory colored light areas and gives the appearance of mother of pearl. It is difficult to capture chatoyance in still photos, but it is truly amazing in this bowl. The darker golden patterns have a definite southwestern motif and stimulate a lot of conversation. The combination of the golden spalting patterns, the flame and the thick bark that surrounds the top edge of the bowl is simply breath taking. The shape of the bowl evolved from the shape of the burl, and my desire to bring out the beauty of the wood and maintain a complete bark edge. The bark is golden brown and jagged. The bowl was turned from green wood and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping in the top edge that I really like. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from, 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 very unusual bowl that is destined to be a collector’s piece. I have turned a lot of aspen burl bowls and this one has the best combination of features. This is one of the very few that I have considered keeping in my home, so it could soon be listed as not for sale.

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Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl  (16SF49)        See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 17.5" x 13 x 3.5 ", 3/8 " wall thickness        
 
Currently on display at my Hovland Shop
price: $390

This large bowl was turned from a sugar maple burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, near the south shore of Lake Superior. The photo below shows the complete burl. This large burl wrapped about 75% around the log. It was cut into two halves. These are also shown in the slide show below. One of the halves was used for this bowl that was turned end-grain to preserve the interesting spalting pattern and the impressive saw tooth bark which covers 75% of the bowl’s edge. The spalting pattern in this bowl is spectacular, and shows rays extending from the dark pith of the log and wrapping around the entire bowl. I think it looks like an enormous spreading tree. The brown-red colors are vivid, starkly contrasting with the light areas. The dark areas have nice grain figuring while the lighter areas show some curl figuring. The natural bark edge is irregular and follows the outer contours of the burl. The spalting and jagged edge give a great 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. In this case the lighter area below the pith is slightly raised from warping. 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 bowl is large and stunning and will be a great conversation piece.

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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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Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl (17W1)            See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 12.5" diam x 3.75", 3/8" wall thickness        Currently on display at my Hovland Shop
price: $480

This bowl was turned from a sugar maple burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, near the south shore of Lake Superior. Photos of the complete burl, the burl cut in half, and the half mounted on the lathe are shown below in the slide show.  The spalting patterns in this bowl are very pronounced and include a spooky alien like pattern in the bottom. The light area just below the bark rim has curl figuring in radial rays that extends into the red-brown-green mottled pattern giving a spectacular appearance. I have not observed this unusual play of spalting patterns, colors, and curl in wood before. The natural bark edge is irregular and follows the outer contours of the burl. The bark is dark brown with wavy light lines. The bowl was turned end-grain and green and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping that I really like. You can see the pith of the log in the lighter side near the bottom (the alien’s head). 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 colors and patterns from spalting, making this a collector’s piece. The colorful and curly patterns in this bowl are quite special!
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White Cedar Burl Bowl (17W10)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 13" diam x 2" ht, 3/16" wall thickness       
       Currently on display at my Hovland shop

price: $390

This bowl was turned from a white cedar burl that came from the south shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The photos below show the burl on the log with its stringy bark and the burl trimmed and mounted on a lathe ready for turning. The base of the bowl was positioned on the top of this burl so the outer bark edge will trace the lower perimeter of the burl. The edge of the bowl contains the bark and gives an interesting shape to the bowl. The wood in this bowl has bird’s eye and lace figuring with the appearance of mottled agate. It even contains unusual circular starbursts and worm holes. The colors range from creamy yellow to golden brown. The cream colored area has unusual mother of pearl and curl figuring. The bowl was turned from nearly dry wood but only required a few weeks to dry. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe, dried, 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 figuring in this bowl is very unusual for cedar. The bowl is also surprisingly light in weight.
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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

SOLD 12/5/16
This bowl is from a medium sized cherry burl that wrapped completely around a 2 ft long log. The complete burl is shown below 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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Large Red Cedar Bowl (17W6)               See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 23" diam x 3.5" ht, 11/16" wall thickness  price: $750       Currently on display in my Hovland shop

This bowl was turned from a large red cedar log given to me by a student on one of my woodturning classes. The tree was harvested in southwestern Minnesota. I cut a 6” slab from the log shown in an image in the slide show below. There is also an image of the slab on the lathe during the turning process. The log was missing a small piece on one side but that had happened years ago in the growing tree since the patina of the outer edge was similar to the rest of the log. There is a small knot in this area so the tree probably had a branch on one side that had broken off. This end grain turned bowl is spectacular with red and pink colors, interesting circular light patterns, radial dark lines, and a contrasting light cambium layer just below the bark. The stringy cedar bark was missing from this log but there is a nice outer textured patina. The shape of the rim of the bowl shows the actual outer contour of the log. 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 so this bowl could be used to display fruit or bread, or just to sit on a large table and amaze people who see it. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bowl has unusual colors and patterns and its large size makes it a collector’s piece. I have displayed it on our dining room table and it lights up the entire room.
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