Colorful Box Elder Burl Bowl (21SF1)

Colorful Box Elder Burl Bowl (21SF1)

dimensions: 7.5" diam x  3.5" ht, 1/4" wall thickness

On display in my Hovland Shop

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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This box elder burl came from the Grand Forks, ND, area. The jagged nature if the live bark edge of the bowl reflects the actual knobby bark you can see in the photo of the burl above. The burl grew mostly along the surface of a large log (called a burly log). The shape of the bowl was turned to give the best presentation of the wood grain and colors. This bowl shows a lot of chatoyance (flame or curl figuring) and markings from spalting, bark inclusions, and decay. The decayed areas were stabilized with cyanoacrylate resin. These dark areas are stable and sealed. The bowl also has a lot of red staining that is common in box elder burl. The red staining is most likely produced by the tree as a nonspecific host response to wounding. It is interesting that a red color is also found in box elder bugs! The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. Wood that is turned green will always warp as it dries. This adds a natural quality to the bowl, but also requires the bottom to be re-turned so the bowl 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 so this bowl can be used to serve or display food, although it is best used as an artistic piece. This bowl is quite rustic from the areas of stabilized decay. The bowl is stable and should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age.


    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.