Box Elder Crotch Bowl (21SF51)
dimensions: 11.75-10 diam at top, 3.5" max ht, 1/4" wall thickness
On display in my Hovland shop
Please contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu for purchase information
Detailed Info about bowl
The box elder crotch used to make this bowl came from the Twin Cities area. Photos of the trimmed crotch attached to the lathe are shown. This piece was sliced off the top of the thicker crotch. The top view shows how the three branches will become the three high bark edges of this shallow bowl. Box elder wood often has a red coloring which is 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 figuring in a crotch is also unusual due to the stresses in the wood. This bowl has a lot of chatoyance (flame or curl figuring). This is best seen in the top view of the bowl. 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. The low profile of this bowl is very attractive and would be great for displaying and serving hors d'oeuvres. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age.
RETURN AND REFUND POLICY
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.