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Box Elder Crotch Bowl (21SF50) SOLD

Box Elder Crotch Bowl (21SF50) SOLD

dimensions: 13-15 diam at top,  6.25" ht at wings, 5/16" wall thickness

Sold 8/22


  • Detailed Info about bowl

    The box elder crotch used to make this bowl came from the Chisago City area, just north of the Twin Cities, MN. A photo of the trimmed crotch and its cross section is shown below. The crotch was turned perpendicular to the plane of the branches of the crotch. This will place the area where the branches intersect near the bottom of the bowl. The top and bottom views of the bowl show the two branch centers. Box elder wood often has a red coloring which is clearly seen in this bowl. This red staining is most likely produced by the tree as a nonspecific host response to stress and wounding. The intersection of the branches is an area of stress in a tree, so the red colors are expected in a crotch. The biggest challenge in turning this bowl was keeping the bark on. The cambium layer just below the bark was soft and wet. This generally causes the bark to become lose, especially as the bowl dries. I stabilized this wet area with cyanoacrylate resin from both sides and sealed it. The bark is firmly attached but this bowl should not be used where the bark may get hit hard and damaged. I try to keep bark on a bowl since this best shows the complete beauty of the wood. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 400 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 due to its fragile bark. The bowl is stable and should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age.


    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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