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Bird's Eye Aspen Burl Bowl (24WS17)

Bird's Eye Aspen Burl Bowl (24WS17)

dimensions: 14" - 12" diameter at top, 2.5" height, 1/4" wall thickness

On display in my Hovland Shop

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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from an aspen burl that came from Hovland, Minnesota, near the shore of Lake Superior.  The burl was purchased from local loggers. Images of the partly turned burl are shown. Aspen burls  are very rare. I have only seen a few in living trees! The loggers tell me they see several burls in 1000 trees. This burl had the typical jagged and knobby bark which accounts for the irregular and beautiful bark edge of the bowl. Aspen burls are always difficult to turn due to decay and separation of Pgrain lines. These grain lines need frequent stabilization during turning. This burl also had decayed areas just under the bark. These were stabilized with CA resin and dark wood powder. The wood has stunning grain figuring that includes meandering grain lines, tight swirls best described as bird’s eye figuring, golden to brown-red colors, and some flame/curl figuring (chatoyance). This bird’s eye figuring is very unusual in aspen burl. Typically, the swirls are not so tight. This burl came from a different area of the local Boreal Forest which might account for this figuring. An interesting, jagged bark edge frames this unusual bowl. The burl was not very deep, so the shape was chosen to best show the grain figuring. The bowl was turned from green wood using handheld tools on a lathe, dried for several months, and sanded to 400 grit. Bowls turned from green wood always warp a little during drying. This gives distortions that add natural charm to a bowl. I re-turn the bottom of green turned bowls to to make sure they sit nicely. 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 the bowl is best suited for artistic display. Aspen burl is rare and difficult to turn. Very few wood turners work with aspen burl. It is my favorite wood to turn because it is always unusually beautiful (and I like a challenge). This bowl is unusual with its bird's eye figuring.






    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.

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