Balsam Poplar Live Edged Bowl (21WS12)
dimensions: 14" diam x 6" ht, 5/16" wall thickness
This bowl is available and in my Hovland shop
Contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu if interested in this bowl
Detailed Info about bowl
I received a 14” diameter log from a logger in the UP of Michigan, not far from Lake Superior. I was told it was poplar with interesting grain. The genus Poplulus includes over 35 species of trees in North America. These are loosely divided into groups that include cottonwoods, aspens, balsam poplar, and hybrids like the Lombardy poplar. I have turned wood from cottonwood, quaking aspen (locally called poplar), and Lombardy poplar. Based on my experience, I believe this log (shown below) is balsam poplar. The bowl was turned end-grain from a 7” thick slab from this log. The bowl has a nice shape and unusual scalloped live edge. The wood has some blue spalting and branch inclusions. The inclusions have interesting patterns and were carefully sealed with CA resin. The bowl also has wavy scallop-shell type markings on the sides near the rim. These markings are shown best in the top view of the bowl. The bark was loose and mostly off the log, but the outer part of the cambium layer was solid and had this same scalloped pattern. I was surprised by the beauty of this bowl. The wood has interesting colors and figuring, not typical of our local quaking aspen, thus my conclusion that it is balsam poplar. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. Wood that is turned green will always warp a little as it dries. This adds a natural quality to the bowl, but also requires the bottom to be re-turned so the bowl sits well. This bowl had a lot of warp near its base. This resulted in a thinner bottom than usual, but still solid and strong. 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 it is best used as an artistic piece, especially due to its thin bottom. The bowl is stable and should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. It would look amazing on a dark colored table.
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