Chatoyant Birch Burl Bowl (21WS27) SOLD
dimensions: 10.5" diam at top, 4.5" ht, 1/4" wall thickness
Sold on 6/6/21
Contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu if interested in this bowl
Detailed Info about bowl
This birch burl came from the Hovland area, not far from Lake Superior. The burl was nicely shaped. It was cut from its log, trimmed, and attached to a lathe. This is shown in an image above. Birch burl is a nice wood to turn and often gives a beautiful bowl full of flame figuring. The trimmed burl already gives a hint of this. The burl was trimmed to give a natural bark edged bowl. I always strive for this natural look in my bowls. The burl had some inclusions and cracks, so I carved the bowl to avoid these areas as much as possible. This and my desire to bring out the best grain figuring and flame helped me decided on the shape of the bowl. The bowl has great chatoyance and shines with dancing lines if curly flame. The top view shows this tiger’s eye effect, but the photos do not show how these lines of flame move and shimmer. This bowl is a great example of chatoyance in wood. The bowl has a natural bark edge that shows the outer contours of the burl. 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 a little as it dries. This adds a natural quality to the bowl, but also requires the bottom to be re-turned so the bowl has a proper base. 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 it is best displayed as an artistic piece.
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.