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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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Rustic Spalted Aspen Burl Bowl (14WSS7)              See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions:  7 dia x 6 ht ", 3/8" wall thickness       price: $280         
Currently on display at my Hovland shop

SOLD 4/7/14

This bowl was made from an aspen burl I obtained from a friend in Grand Marais in 2013. The burl was old and spalted, requiring some wood stabilizer to harden the softer areas. See image of the burl in the slide show. The bowl has great swirling grain figuring, earthy colors, unusual light and dark patterns from spalting, and lots of curly flame figuring. It also has all of its natural bark edge and some interesting wormholes, which add a stunning appearance to the bowl. This bowl has a great shape that is very appealing. It is a wonderful example of a north shore aspen burl! The bowl was turned from green wood using hand held tools on a lathe 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 table.

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Stunning Aspen Burl Bowl  (14WSS5 = SC185)    See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 10" diam x 3" ht. 1/4 " wall thickness        
  Currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe
price: $190
SOLD 4/15/14

 This bowl was made from an aspen burl I obtained from loggers in Hovland in 2013. The burl was small and sat in my shop for some time. I was not optimistic when I turned it in January of 2014, but it quickly showed great grain figuring, flame, and amazing contrasting colors. I managed to keep a natural bark edge on the bowl. The bowl has swirling grain figuring, dark earthy colors and contrasting light areas, an interesting knot, insect holes, and some shimmering flame. 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 bowl was turned from dry wood using hand held tools on a lathe 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. It would be a great conversation piece on a shelf or small table.

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Stunning Large Aspen Burl Bowl (13FW11)  
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dimensions: 21" x 4 " ht, x 1/2" wall thickness                 On display in my wood shop in Hovland
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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Large Aspen Burl Bowl (13FW21)  
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dimensions: 19 x 14 x 3.25,  1/2" wall thickness                 On display in my wood shop in Hovland
price: $450


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 top of the round part burl (see the photo of the burl in the slide show). The bowl has beautiful swirling grain figuring, dark earthy colors from spalting, and some shimmering flame figuring. It has the appearance of an agate stone with interesting swirling lines. 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 outer 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. 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 special piece and represents the best in aspen burl bowls. A burl of this size is a very rare specimen.

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Unusual Red Oak Burl Bowl (13FW27)         See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions:  13 x 10 x 3.5 ", 5/16" wall thickness   price: $245       
Currently on display in my Hovland shop

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          
      Currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe       
     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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Rustic Aspen Burl Bowl  (13WSS 47 SC169)   
dimensions:  11.25 diam x 6 inches,   price: $375          
      Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe 
    SOLD 1/6/14
     This bowl was made from an old aspen burl I obtained from a friend in Grand Marais in May 2013 (see slide show for image of the burl). The bowl has wild swirling grain figuring, dark earthy colors from spalting, lots of shimmering flame, and some eye figuring. It also has all of its natural bark edge, which is quite dramatic. The rim of the bowl came from the barky top of the burl. Maybe you can visualize this in the photo of the burl where the top of the bowl will be on the right. This bowl is a wonderful example of a north shore aspen burl! The hole in the side of the burl is due to  decay in the burl, but it actually adds a special natural charm to the bowl. The hole has a natural bark inclusion on its edge. One of the images shows light coming through the hole so you can imagine displaying this bowl to achieve a special effect. This is a large bowl that lights up a room.


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Cherry Burl Bowl (14WSS9)              See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions:  4" dia x 3.5 ht ", 5/16" wall thickness   price: $165 
Currently on display at my Hovland shop

SOLD 4/7/14

Cherry burls are rare and this is only the second one I have turned. The burl was small, the size of a grapefruit that grew on the side of a log. It came from Wisconsin as a gift from a student in one of my wood turning classes. The bowl shows great contrast from light to dark areas with red, brown and black colors. The grain and figuring are special with unusual patterns and some interesting flame. The figuring motif looks similar to that of moss agate. The bowl has a full bark edge that adds a natural appearance. The bowl was turned using hand held tools on a lathe from dry wood and sanded to 800 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of tung oil (hand rubbed), and sanded between the coats, 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. The finish 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. The bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. It will slowly develop deeper red colors, typical of cherry. 
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Spalted Cottonwood Burl Bowl  (
12FW25=SC133)       See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions:  16.5 x 16 x 4 inches,   price: $285               This bowl is currently on display at the New Scenic Cafe   

This unusual bowl was made from a large cottonwood burl. The burl came from Grand Forks, ND, from a downed tree near the Red River of the North. I was so excited to start turning this bowl I forgot to take a photo of the burl. The cottonwood trees that grow along the riverbank are very large and over 300 years old. The trees are full of large burls, but many are not satisfactory for bowls. This burl was starting to decay, which gives some unusual colors and patterns. This bowl has beautiful grain, unusual dark striped lines, two distinct colored areas separated by a spalting line, insect holes and lots of flame figuring. It also has a natural edge, showing the outer skin of the burl. The bark on these trees is very thick and difficult to keep on the burls.  This bowl is best for artistic display and would make a great centerpiece for a large table. Its amazing appearance will stimulate lots of conversation. It should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bowl is certainly a collector’s piece!


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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: $650      
           
Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe
 

 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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Spalted Birch Burl Bowl
(13FW12=SC177)         See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 8.25 x 4 inches, 1/8" wall thickness  price: $155 

This bowl is currently on display at the Scenic Cafe     

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 in slide show) and difficult to cut. The burl was punky and soft but we cut it anyway into about ten pieces for bowls. This is the first bowl turned from the smallest piece. 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 torn out 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 very nice with lots of colors and lines from spalting and some beautiful flame figuring. The wood is very smooth and feels like glass, so all the roughness is gone. This bowl shows the beauty of north shore birch burl wood and how lots of work turning and sanding pays off. I will be turning more of this burl soon!



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Spalted Birch Burl Bowl (14WSS10 SC187)       See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions:  6.5 diam x 6 inches,   price: $255         Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe
                                           

    This bowl was made from a birch burl that I purchased from a logger in Hovland, MN. The burl was medium sized and spalted (see image of burl in slide show). Some of the wood was soft requiring the application of wood stabilizer. I turned the burl placing the foot near the main log so the top would have a complete natural edge. The shape of the bowl was dictated by the burl. The bowl has deep rich colors with nice spalting lines and islands. There is also some beautiful shimmering flame (chatoyance). The bowl has its natural bark edge with a lot of dark areas giving a dramatic appearance. 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. The punky/spalted wood absorbed a lot of expensive tung oil as expected, but bowls with such nice spalting are special and worth the extra expense. 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 be a focal point in any room due to its shimmering flame, natural edge, and pleasing shape.  

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Rustic Aspen Burl Bowl  (12SS8=SC107)    See images of bowl below
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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Birch Burl Bowl  (13FW17 = SC178)            See images of bowl below in slide show
dimensions: 10 x 9 x 2 inches,   price: $160       
           
Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe
wall thickness: 5/16 inch

    This bowl was made from a small burl given to me by a friend in Hovland, MN. The burl was symmetrically shaped and gave a low profile bowl with a natural bark edge. The bowl is heart shaped with a smaller heart shaped pattern in the bottom. The wood grain is well figured with rays of flame and golden colors. The bowl was turned from green wood using hand held tools on a lathe. It was dried for several months 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. This finish is considered food safe, but the bowl is best suited for artistic display. It would be an elegant addition to a small table. This bowl glows with the flame figuring, and although it is small, it lights up a room.

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