Chatoyant Birch Root Bowl (23SF24)
dimensions: 8" diameter at top, 5.5" max height, 1/4" wall thickness
On display in my Hovland shop
Contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu if interested in this bowl
Detailed Info about bowl
This glowing bowl was turned from a birch root cut from a very large tree in Hovland, MN. The roots of trees usually have figuring like that found in burls. An image of this trimmed piece of root, mounted on a Lathe, is shown. You will note that the headstock (power drive of lathe) is attached to the top (bark) part of the piece of root to give a bark edged bowl. The bowl has a complete natural birch bark edge. The bark is hard and solid, not the thin paper texture typical of birch. Old birch trees, especially around the roots, have a much thicker and harder bark. The bowl has the appearance of being on fire. This flame figuring is called chatoyance, very similar to the effect seen in mother of pearl and in minerals like tiger’s eye and moonstone. The chatoyance in this bowl is quite nice, giving the appearance of dancing curls of light. This effect is difficult to capture in photos. The bowl also has subtle colors and some darker red-brown areas. Some of these darker areas are along the end grain 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. The bowl was sealed with two coats of pure tung oil (diluted 50% with citrus solvent to speed up drying), hand sanded after each coat. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display.
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.