Heart Shaped Black Walnut Crotch Bowl (21WS6) SOLD

Heart Shaped Black Walnut Crotch Bowl (21WS6) SOLD

dimensions:  10.5" - 9.5" diam  at top, x 5" ht, 1/4" wall thickness

Sold 7/4/21

Please contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu for purchase information

  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This heart shaped bowl was turned from a black walnut crotch that came from the Minneapolis area. Images of the crotch before and after trimming are shown above. The trimmed piece is positioned on the lathe so the top of the bowl will have a complete bark edge. The top view of the completed bowl (above right) shows the two main branches of the crotch with a black line separating them. This line is due to decay at the intersection, not unusual in a crotch. This area was stabilized with CA resin and dark wood dust. It is completely stable and nicely shows the intersection of the crotch. The herringbone figuring in the area of this intersection is beautiful and is what makes crotch bowls special. This figuring is also seen on the bottom side of the bowl. The wood has very nice dark brown colors and patterns with overtones of purple and red. You can see several small knots from the centers of the crotch branches and from old branch inclusions. There is also a lot of light sap wood in the bowl which gives a great light and dark effect. The bark edge on this bowl provides a natural framework, and contrasts nicely with the light sapwood. The jagged bark is dark with an orange stripped pattern typical of black walnut wood. This bowl was turned from green wood and left to stabilize and dry for several months. The bowl also warped while drying which gives an interesting natural shape. The bowl was sanded to 600 grit and sealed with two coats of tung oil, hand sanded after each coat, and finished with a buffed thin coat of beeswax and walnut oil. Although this finish is considered food-safe, it is best used for artistic display.


    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.