Balsam Poplar Live Edged Bowl (21WS5) SOLD

Balsam Poplar Live Edged Bowl (21WS5) SOLD

dimensions: 15" diam x 6.5" ht, 3/8" wall thickness

Sold 10/21

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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    I purchased a 16” 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 an 8” thick slab from this log (note that the center or pith of the log is in the bottom). The bowl has a nice shape and an unusual scalloped live edge. The wood has some blue spalting and red-brown radial rays that intersect with the circular growth rings. 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. The outer part of the rim was gently burned to give a uniform dark color. The wood has interesting colors and figuring, not typical of our local quaking aspen, thus my conclusion that it is balsam poplar (also called Balm of Gilead 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. 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 this bowl would be fine for holding fruit or bread, although it would be beautiful as an artistic piece. 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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  • 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.