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Large Wild Cherry Burl Bowl (17SF13)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 15 x 12 x 6", 1/2" wall thickness 
price: $475                                                                            Currently on display at my Hovland shop


This bowl is from a large wild cherry burl that wrapped about 75% around a 3 ft long log. The burl was 15” in diameter and was cut in the center perpendicular to the axis of the log to give two pieces. The piece used for this bowl is shown below. The burl was sold to me and came from private land in northern Wisconsin, not far from Superior. The burl was turned end-grain to give a dramatic bark edge that follows the outer contour of the burl. The center or pith of the log can be seen in the bottom near the center of the bowl and there are the usual small cracks radiating outward. These were sealed and stabilized.. There is beautiful swirling grain in the bottom of the bowl that changes into the burl figuring (bird’s eye and mottled agate figuring) in the top half. About 25% of the side has swirling grain lines, and you can see how this wood changes into burl. The colors range from red-brown to shades of green. Cherry wood always becomes more red and darker with age. The shape of this bowl evolved from the shape of the burl and my desire to show off the natural bark edge. 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 walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl may be best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This is a very nice burl bowl and will stimulate great conversation.

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Unusual Ironwood Burl Bowl (17W19=SC301)          See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 8.5" diam x 2" ht,  3/16" wall thickness 
price: $265                                                                          Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe


This bowl was turned from a small ironwood burl that came from Ironwood, near the south shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The photos below shows top views of the burl, which has a branch protruding into it. Ironwood burls are extremely rare and one with a branch inclusion presents a challenge for turning. This bowl shows amazing grain figuring that includes curly flame and a colorful mottled pattern in the dark areas. The curly figuring is everywhere and swirls around the contrasting black spalted lines (a pre-decay condition). The grain figuring is in unusual networks and patterns, and gives the appearance of moss agate. There is a hole from a small bark inclusion and the light colored branch is very pronounced in the bottom of the bowl and on one side as it protrudes out of the burl. This branch inclusion adds a very unusual feature to this bowl and gives it a fish like shape with the branch as the tail. 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 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 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.  Ironwood burls are very rare and the uniqueness of this bowl makes it very special.
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Stunning Aspen Burl Bowl (17SF1)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 7.25" diam x 4.5" ht,  7/16" wall thickness 
price: $280                                                                           Currently at my Hovland shop

SOLD 4/1/17
This rustic bowl was turned from an aspen burl that came from the south shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The photo below shows the burl with thick knobby bark. The burl was mounted on the lathe so the bark side will be the top of the bowl. The wood has amazing character that includes wild swirling lines, many bursts of flaming rays, shimmering curl figuring (chatoyance), dark wavy lines and patterns from spalting, and several knots. The combination of the golden colors, grain figuring, and rising dark bark that surrounds the top edge of the bowl is breathtaking. The swirling grain patterns combined with the chatoyance in the light areas are mesmerizing. 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 really special and its jagged shape comes from those knobby bumps on the burl. 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 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 one is quite special and would bring some of the wild north woods into any home.
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Unusual Aspen Burl Bowl (17W28)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 19" long, 12" wide, 3' high, 
1/2" wall thickness            price: $390                                 Currently on display at my Hovland Shop


SOLD 3/30/17
This bowl was turned from an aspen burl that is from the south shore of Lake Superior in the UP of Michigan. A photo below shows the burl with knobby bark and long ends. The wood has amazing figuring that includes wavy circular grain, tight swirls typical of aspen burl, shimmering flame (chatoyance), and dark wavy lines and patterns from spalting. There was some decay and insect damage in this burl leading to a few small bark inclusions and holes. The combination of the golden colors, grain figuring, and dark bark that surrounds the top edge of the bowl is stunning. 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 base of the bowl was positioned on the top of the long burl so the bark edge has a maximum diameter and an elongated natural shape. There is an image of the trimmed burl mounted on the lathe so you can see exactly how it was turned. The bark is really special and the jagged edge comes from those knobby bumps on the burl. It took a lot of patience to turn this bowl and keep the bark in tact. 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 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. The long shape of this bowl is unusual and perfect for an elongated table.
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Bark Edge Wild Cherry Bowl (17W22=SC300)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 9 x 7 x 3.5",  3/16" wall thickness 
price: $150                                                                          Currently on display at the Scenic Cafe


SOLD 4/17/17
This bowl is from a wild cherry log I obtained just south of Superior, Wisconsin. The log was about 10” in diameter and mostly straight. The shape of the bowl comes from the natural curvature of the log. The bark has interesting flakey layers that are dark red in color. It gives a natural and rustic appearance to the bowl. The grain of the wood is beautiful showing nice circular growth lines that range in color from light red to golden brown, but this inner area will significantly darken and become more red as the bowl ages, and will give good contrast to the band of lighter sap wood. 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 it can be used for serving food or displaying things. Wild cherry wood will darken with age giving it a rich red-brown patina. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age.
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Large Wild Cherry Burl Bowl (17W9)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 17 x 14 x 5.5" ht,  1/2" wall thickness 
price: $575                                                                         Currently on display at my Hovland Shop
 
SOLD 2/3/17
This bowl is from a large knobby wild cherry burl that wrapped completely around a 3 ft long log. The burl was 17” in diameter and was cut in the center perpendicular to the axis of the log to give two pieces. The piece used for this bowl is shown below in the slide show. The burl was sold to me and came from private land in northern Wisconsin, not far from Superior. The burl was turned end-grain to give a dramatic bark edge that follows the outer contour of the burl. The protruding part of the rim is due to that large nodule of bark on the top of the burl. The center or pith of the log can be seen in the bottom near the center of the bowl. There is also a small knot in the bottom of the bowl. The circular grain pattern around the pith morphs into beautiful burl mottled agate figuring up the sides with some curl near the rim. There is also bird’s eye figuring and some larger starburst patterns. The colors range from red-brown to shades of green. There is also some green in the pith that is due to natural fungal action, and not from a green filler. Some wood turners use green powder and glue to fill cracks, but I NEVER embellish my bowls. What you see is the natural beauty of the wood including patterns and colors from spalting (fungal decay). Cherry wood always becomes more red and darker with age. 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 walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl may be best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This is a very nice burl bowl and will stimulate great conversation when placed on a large table.
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Large Wild Cherry Burl Bowl (17W25)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 14 x 5" ht,  3/8" wall thickness 
price: $500                                                                         Currently on display at my Hovland Shop
 

This bowl is from a large wild cherry burl that wrapped about 80% around a 3 ft long log. The burl was 14” in diameter and was cut in the center perpendicular to the axis of the log to give two pieces. The piece used for this bowl is shown below. The burl was sold to me and came from private land in northern Wisconsin, not far from Superior. The burl was turned end-grain to give a dramatic bark edge that follows the outer contour of the burl. The center or pith of the log can be seen in the bottom near the wall of the bowl and there are the usual small cracks radiating outward. These were filled and stabilized. There are circular growth rings in the side of the bowl indicating that there was a branch in the burl. There is beautiful swirling grain in the lower half of the bowl that changes into the burl figuring (bird’s eye and mottled agate figuring) in the top half. The colors range from red-brown to shades of green. Cherry wood always becomes more red and darker with age. The shape of this bowl evolved from the shape of the burl and my desire to show off the natural bark edge. 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 walnut oil. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl may be best suited for artistic display. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This is a very nice burl bowl and will stimulate great conversation.
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Bark Edge Wild Cherry Bowl (17SF7=SC307)             See images of bowl in slide show
dimensions: 7.5 x 6.25 x 5",  3/16" wall thickness 
price: $135                                                                          Currently on display at my Hovland shop


This bowl is from a wild cherry log I obtained just south of Superior, Wisconsin. The log was about 11” in diameter and mostly straight. The shape of the bowl comes from the natural curvature of the log. The bark has interesting flakey layers, dark red in color, and showing some lichens. It gives a natural and rustic appearance to the bowl. The grain of the wood is beautiful showing nice circular growth lines that range in color from red to brown. There are three knots in the bowl producing some interesting distortions in the circular growth rings. 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 it can be used for serving food or displaying things. Wild cherry wood will darken with age giving it a rich red-brown patina. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age.
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Flat Edged Utility Bowls for Order
I do not usually have flat edged bowls for sale but I do make them by pre-order. Some examples are shown below. If you want custom made flat edged bowls please contact me, but since I turn from green wood it takes about two months from start to finish (including cutting the wood, turning, drying, sanding, and oiling).




Order a sauna pail made from a single piece of birch. Guaranteed not to crack or leak.


This bucket was made from one piece of North Shore birch to be used as a sauna pail.  It is around 10" in diameter.  I have made and sold a number of similar sauna pails.  They are guaranteed not to crack or leak.  Mine has remained leak-proof for years at temperatures from 220 F to -30 F.  A sauna pail has to be tough in northern Minnesota.  This pail was turned end grain. Contact me to commission one for yourself and it could be made from your own birch log.  This one has been SOLD. If you order one please allow about two months for turning, drying, sanding, and sealing. Best to have it made from your own wood!

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This bowl with lid was made from birch from the Lake Superior north shore. It was commissioned by a bread maker for the starter. It has been SOLD and being used.

Here is another lidded bowl for bread making. It was made from spalted aspen and is 12" in diameter and was sold in April of 2016.





Top view showing the pattern from spalting













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Salad Bowls can be pre-ordered, and even made from your wood
Many people have ordered large flat rimmed salad bowls.  I make these from birch, black ash, or tamarack and generally turn them green and let them warp as they dry.  The slight warping gives a nice sweeping shape.  I can make an un-warped bowl by turning it extra thick, letting it dry and warp, and re-turning it when dry.  I prefer the warped ones however since my philosophy is to show the wood as it is without embellishments or adjustments, other than sanding and oiling.  Warping is a natural process. These bowls are finished with mineral oil and beeswax or with 100% pure tung oil and citrus solvent drying agent from the Real Milk Paint Company.  Bowls that are 11-14 inches in diameter generally sell for $150 - 170, depending on the size. Below are images of several examples.
If you order one (there may be some for sale below) it takes several months for turning, drying, sanding, and sealing.


low profile Birch Salad Bowl (15" diam, 2.5" high) SOLD



Tamarack Salad Bowl (12" diam, 3.5" high)  SOLD
Salad bowls can also be made from your wood.  Contact me if you are interested in a salad bowl.  Specify size and type of wood. I generally only make utility bowls by pre-order.




Click on the following links to go directly to the pages showing details of my Bowls for sale:
Burl BowlsBark Edged and Burl Bowls, More Bowls for sale, Glowing Bowls and More