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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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Bark Edged Cherry Burl Bowl (14FW32)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 12 x 10 x 4",  13/16" 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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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

SOLD 12/18/14

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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Black Ash Burl Bowl  (14FW25)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 11" diam, 7", 3/8 " wall thickness        
  Currently on display at my shop in Hovland
price: $410

     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  (14FW24)  
dimensions: 12" diam x 5.5" ht, 5/16" wall thickness        
  Currently on display in my Hovland Shop
price: $385

SOLD 12/14/14

Three Colorful Spalted Sugar Maple Burl bowls have now sold, each within several days of being posted on the web site. There are two more of these drying (I turn most of my bowls from green wood) so keep posted if you are interested in one of these amazing colorful bowls.

This bowl came from a sugar maple burl that wrapped completely around the main log. An image of this burl is shown in the slide show, along with the piece of the burl used for this bowl. The burl is from a friend’s private land in Grand Rapids, MN. 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 reds and greens arranged in flame like patterns coming up the sides of the bowl. The dark lines and vivid colors are from spalting. The light areas show some quilted figuring, not visible in the images. This bowl has a spectacular appearance with the pearly white areas contrasting with the colorful dark flames and the jagged bark edge. 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: $375

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 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
Very unusual and rare to get this much flame figuring in a bowl

SOLD 12/10/14

     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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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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Colorful Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl  (14FW29)  
dimensions: 12" x 9 x 5", 3/8" wall thickness        
     Currently on display in my Hovland Shop
price: $355


SOLD 12/10/14

This bowl came from a sugar maple burl that wrapped completely around the main log. The entire burl and the piece used for this bowl are 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 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. The light areas show some quilted figuring. This bowl has a spectacular appearance with the pearly white areas contrasting with the colorful dark flames and the jagged bark edge. 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.

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Black Ash Burl Bowl
(14FW12 = SC215)            
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dimensions: 9" diam x 4" ht, 5/16" wall thickness  price: $245      
 
Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe

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 is spectacular in this bowl with many tiny 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. 
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Flaming Birch Burl Bowl (13FW3 = SC208)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 9" diam x 4" ht, 1/4" wall thickness  price: $185      
 
Currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe
 
 
This bowl was made from a birch burl I got from a friend in Hovland, MN, in the Summer of 2014. The burl was small to medium in size and nicely shaped. 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. The wood has amazing flame figuring giving a strong shimmering glow to the bowl. It is very desireable to have this much flame (chatoyance) in a birch burl, so this one is 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 displayedwith good lighting.
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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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