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Box Elder Crotch Bowl (22SF8) SOLD

Box Elder Crotch Bowl (22SF8) SOLD

dimensions: 10.5-11.5" diam at top, 4.5" height, 5/16" wall thickness

Sold 8/22

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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    The box elder crotch used to make this bowl came from the Chisago City area, just north of the Twin Cities, MN. A photo of the trimmed crotch (attached to the lathe) is shown. The crotch was turned perpendicular to the plane of the branches of the crotch. This will place the area where the branches intersect, the area of unusual figuring, in the bottom of the bowl. The top view of the bowl shows this as a dark region. Box elder wood often has the red coloring which is clearly seen in this bowl. This red staining is most likely produced by the tree as a nonspecific host response to stress and wounding. The intersection of the branches is an area of stress in a tree, so the red colors are expected in a crotch. There is a lot of interesting flame figuring in this bowl also. This curl effect is known as chatoyance and is due to bending of light by the structure of the wood (like pearl and tiger eye). This shows nicely in the top and bottom views of the bowl. The knot in the bottom of the bowl is due to one of the branches of the crotch. The bark was soft and could not be saved in this bowl. I darkened the rim of the rim of the bowl with a torch to give some contrast to the lighter colored wood. 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. 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.

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