Buckthorn Crotch Bowl (20SF29) SOLD

Buckthorn Crotch Bowl (20SF29) SOLD

dimensions:  11" x 6" at top, 4" ht, 1/4" wall thickness

Sold 12/28/20

  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from a European buckthorn crotch that was harvested near Minneapolis. Buckthorn in an invasive small tree that is hated by most since it takes over and is difficult to permanently remove. It is a beautiful wood to turn but difficult to find with a large diameter. This crotch came from a 10” diameter tree and is shown above on the lathe, before and after turning. The bowl was turned end-grain to give a bowl with wings. This is a more difficult way to turn a crotch, but it gives a more interesting bowl. The colors and grain figuring in this bowl are spectacular. There are rays of curl between the main branch centers of the crotch. This light bending phenomenon is called chatoyance and is very nice in this bowl. The three centers have circular growth ring patterns and are located in the bottom of the bowl and in each wing. The intersections of these circular patterns create special grain structures, and this bowl shows these nicely. There are a few dark areas and lines in the bowl that are common in crotches. These minor cracks and bark inclusions are sealed and stable and give the bowl some added character. The complete live bark edge adds a contrasting border that nicely frames the bowl. The bowl was turned from green wood and dried for several months under controlled conditions to prevent cracking. 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. This finish is considered food-safe, but this bowl is best suited 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.