Burly Wild Cherry Bark Edged Bowl (19SF24)
dimensions: 8" diam x 4" ht, 5/16" wall thickness
On display at my Hovland shop
Contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu if interested in this bowl
Detailed Info about bowl
The wood for this bowl came from a cherry log from which a large burl had been cut. A significant amount of burl remained in the log, so I cut a piece that contained as much burl as possible. I also cut down through most of the log, so the center or pith of the log is included in the bowl. The bowl has special features that include beautiful burl grain figuring, a bullseye grain pattern from the pith of the log, and as a bonus, there was some decay, bark inclusions (the dark areas in the bowl), and an interesting hole from worms and decay. There are also numerous worm tracks, giving this bowl a wild rustic look. Decayed areas and worm tracks are sealed and stable. This cherry log and burl are from wood I purchased from a friend just south of Superior, Wisconsin. The bark has flakey layers, dark red in color, and shows good contrast to the lighter cambium layer. The burl part of this bowl has spectacular mottled agate figuring. The burl covers about a third of the bowl and it is interesting to note the boundary between burl and straight grain wood. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. Bowls that are turned green usually warp during the drying process. I always re-turn the bottom of a bowl, so it sits properly. I like it when bowls are warped as it adds a natural look to the shape. 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 the bowl can be be used for serving food or displaying things, however, the bark edge is fragile and may make it best for display as an artistic piece. Wild cherry wood will darken with age giving it a rich red-brown patina. You can spruce up this bowl by buffing it with a soft cloth damped with walnut oil, but this is seldom needed. 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.