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Lou Pignolet Bowls

Artistic and useful lathe-turned wooden bowls.

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Aspen Burl Bowl (15 inch diameter, 3 inch high , top view, previously sold)

See unusual wood bowls from the North Shore of Lake Superior

10/27/16: I am busy turning new burls and completing a large number of orders. New bowls will be shown in the Bowls for Sale section as they are finished (some sold bowls are also shown to serve as examples with prices). Thanks for your support. This has been and continues to be a record year for sales.



A tree is a beautiful gift from nature, and my goal as a wood turner is to preserve this natural beauty long after the tree dies. I try to make bowls that best show off the grain, bark, and figuring of the wood, including the stains from fungi, tracks from insects, and north woods lichens. All of my bowls are hand crafted on a lathe. This means the cutting tools (gouges, scrapers, and chisels) are held by hand and steadied on a tool rest while carving a rapidly turning piece of wood. I prefer making natural and bark edged bowls from old spalted pieces of wood and from burls. The shape of a bowl is mostly determined by the piece of wood (its grain, bark, size, and feel). I take time to try and understand the wood as I carve its shape. My bowls show the natural beauty of the wood and are never embellished or given a shiny plastic-like finish. My bowls are sanded to at least 600 grit, sealed with at least two coats of tung oil (dried and hand sanded between coats), and buffed after application of a thin coat of beeswax/walnut oil, giving a satiny luster and smooth feel. Sanding and oiling helps bring out the natural beauty of the wood. You would not see the flaming figuring in a burl or the amazing curly grain if the wood was left unfinished. All of my wood is from Minnesota, mostly from the North Shore of Lake Superior, and healthy trees are never cut solely for making bowls. Burls are obtained only from local private land, never from unknown or questionable sources. Below is an example of the type of bowl I love to turn.

ASPEN BURL BOWL (not for sale)

                         top view

   Aspen Burl Bowl (top view)Aspen Burl Bowl 


Imagine the process of turning the burl (below) into this bowl and you will become hooked on wood turning

Take my class on turning bark edged bowls at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. My next classes will be in the summer of 2016 on the dates 6/23-6/25 and 7/21-7/23. A fall class it also planned for 10/27-10/29.  Learn more about my wood turning classes here.

My bowls are on display and for sale at art shows on the North Shore of Lake Superior, at the New Scenic Cafe near Duluth, at the American Swedish Institute store in Minneapolis, at the Hovland Arts Festival, and from me in Hovland.   Check out the Examples of My Work and  Bowls for Sale pages on this website. All bowls on the for sale pages can be purchased directly from me. Best to use email for an inquiry or order.   

Contact me if you are interested in wood turning, lake Superior wood, building an energy efficient wood shop, visiting my shop, or just to chat.

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