Artistic Sugar Maple Burl Bowl (17SF59)

Artistic Sugar Maple Burl Bowl (17SF59)

dimensions:  9.5 x 8.5 x 3.5" ht, 5/16" wall thickness

Currently on display at my Hovland shop

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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from a sugar maple burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, near the south shore of Lake Superior. A photo above shows the burl, mounted on the lathe ready to turn. My plan was to have a complete bark edge but I had to turn beyond the bark to best show off the figuring in the burl. I decided to turn a normal edge on two sides and keep a bark edge on the other sides. I also let the round wall of the burl extend beyond this edge to give a more interesting appearance. The bark is dark brown with wavy light lines and gives a nice contrast to the lighter wood. You can see moss agate figuring in the burl part and straight grain in the flat top. This nicely shows how the burl grew out of the log. There is also some curly maple figuring in this bowl and some dark bark inclusions. One of the inclusions causes a small hole on one side. All of the inclusions are stabilized and sealed and add interesting dark patterns that nicely contrast with the lighter wood. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from dry wood 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 could be used to hold and display food. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age.


    All my bowls are can be returned for a full refund if you are unsatisfied for any reason within 60 days. You must only pay the return shipping.

  • Laminated Info Card

    All of my bowls come with a laminated card with images of the bowl and burl, a complete description of the bowl and making process, and the artist's bio on the back side. There is no price on the card so it can be used if the bowl is given as a gift.


Artistic lathe turned wood bowls from Lake Superior area

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