Cherry Burl Bowl (20WS5)

dimensions: 10" diam x 5.5" ht, 1/4" wall thickness

On display at my Hovland shop

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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from a cherry burl that I purchased from a logger in the UP of Michigan, near the south shore of Lake Superior. A view of the entire burl is shown above. The burl was cut in half perpendicular to the axis of the log. This gave two pieces suitable for end grain turning. Several images of the cut burl are shown above. The piece to the right was used for this end-grain turned bowl. The live edge of the bowl follows the outer contours of the burl, giving a very irregular appearance. The pith or center of the log is near the center of the bowl (with its circular growth rings) since the burl wrapped about 85% of the way around the log. The grain figuring is best described as mottled agate and bird’s eye, and the colors are red-brown. There were some small checks running vertical in the bowl. These were stabilized and sealed with cyanoacrylate resin and wood dust. Checks like this are common in this type of burl and are present during turning. It is necessary to seal and stabilize them before drying. They are completely stable in the completed bowl. The bowl was turned end-grain using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. 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 and display food. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. Cherry darkens with age, giving a rich patina.


    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.


Artistic lathe turned wood bowls from Lake Superior area

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