Box Elder Burl Bowl (20WS18) Gone

dimensions: 6.25" diameter x 5" ht, 1/4" wall thickness

Given away to the winner of my first Corona bowl give away, offered to people on my news letter list (sign up on the contact page)


  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This box elder burl came from the Grand Forks, ND, area. The jagged nature if the live bark edge of the bowl reflects the actual knobby bark you can see in the figure of the burl above. The shape of the bowl was turned to give the best presentation of the wood grain and colors. I like to curve the top rim slightly inward in such small bowls since it provides a nice view of the bark. It also gives the bowl a nice shape. This bowl shows some chatoyance (flame or curl figuring) and some markings from spalting and bark inclusions. It also has some red staining that is typical of box elder. The red staining has been shown to be caused by fungal colonization. It is interesting that a red color is also found in box elder bugs. 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 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 can be used to serve or display food, although it is best used as an artistic piece. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bowl is a nice example of box elder burl wood and its bark edge add a special quality.


    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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