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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  (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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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: $495
Donated to North House Folk School  9/17/16
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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Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl (16SF35=SC281)   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: $325

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 burl wrapped completely around the outer part of the log. An image of the burl as it grew from the log is shown below in the side show. The bowl was turned end-grain to best show the colorful spalting pattern. The spalting in this bowl is very pronounced, showing vivid colors and interesting patterns. The dark colored areas starkly contrast with the light maple wood. Most of the light areas have a subtle but pronounced curly figuring that does not show up well in the images. The natural bark edge is irregular and follows the outer contours of the burl. The shape of the burl emerged to best show the beauty of the wood. The pith or center of the log is in the bottom of the bowl and shows the typical radiating lines from small cracks. These are completely stable and sealed. 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 should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. The bottom of this bowl is slightly flared out to give a little balance to the flared out top. This is a very nice example of a spalted sugar maple burl.
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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: $790     
                                                                       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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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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Spalted Red Maple Burl Bowl (16SF37)            See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 2.25", 3/16" wall thickness        Currently on display at my Hovland Shop
price: $295
 

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 trimmed burl ready to turn. The burl was old and wet with some soft punky areas. I decided to turn it since red maple burl wood is beautiful. The soft punky areas required stabilization with a wood hardener. These are the lighter areas of the bowl that came out hard and smooth. The red to gold colors are stunning and the moss and flame figuring in this bowl is very nice. The spalted areas show some interesting patterns and. There are small worm tracks scattered around the bowl. The natural bark edge shows the outer contours and patina of the burl (image of burl below). 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. Red maple burl bowls are rare and unusual.
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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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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

SOLD 9/26/16
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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