Chatoyant Birch Burl Bowl (20SF13) SOLD

Chatoyant Birch Burl Bowl (20SF13) SOLD

dimensions: 11" x 9" at top,  3.25" high, 3/16" wall thickness


Contact me at if interested in this bowl

  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from a birch burl that came from Grand Marais, MN, area. The burl was on a rotten birch log and fortunately was not decayed. An image of the trimmed burl is shown above. One can never predict what hides inside a birch burl, sometimes rot and sometimes a jewel. This bowl is a jewel, full of flaming pearl figuring. This is called chatoyance, similar to mother of pearl, tiger eye, and moon stone. The flame moves and curls as it is observed from different angles, but difficult to capture in photos. Birch burl often has some chatoyance, but this bowl has a lot. The bowl also has a live bark edge that gives nice contrast to the light pearly wood. The shape of the bowl evolved from the shape of the burl and my desire to have a complete live edge. There are several bark inclusions in the bowl and one of them is a small hole, probably caused by a worm. The bowl was turned from green wood using handheld tools on a lathe, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. Wood always warps during. You can see the warping in the side view above. I like this since it gives the bowl a natural look. I also re-turn the base area of bowls after drying so it 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, although this bowl may be best for artistic display. This bowl is stunning and will attract lots of attention as it shimmers in the light. 


    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.