Elegant Black Ash Burl Bowl (21SF7)

Elegant Black Ash Burl Bowl (21SF7)

dimensions: 7.5" diam at top x  7.5" height, 5/16" wall thickness

On display in my Hovland Shop

Contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu if interested in this bowl

  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This vase shaped bowl came from an enormous black ash burl. The burl is from private land in Grand Rapids, MN. The burl was challenging to cut up to give a maximum number of bowls (see photo). This bowl was made from the last piece of this amazing burl. The grain figuring in this bowl is spectacular with many tiny bird’s eyes interwoven with lace. This is a very special grain figuring sometimes seen in burls. There is also some flame figuring in the lighter areas. Black ash is a special wood of great importance to Native Americans. It was used to make baskets, canoe ribs, lacrosse sticks, and its bark has medicinal properties. Black ash trees grow in swampy areas and are under attack by the emerald ash borer. We may lose all of these trees in the coming years. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from dry wood and sanded to 600 grit. The bowl was sealed with two coats of a mixture of pure tung oil and citrus solvent, hand sanded after each coat, treated with a thin coat of beeswax in walnut oil, and finished with lamb’s wool buffing. This finish is considered food safe. If needed, the finish of the bowl can be rejuvenated by applying a thin coat of walnut oil, wiping with a soft cloth, and letting it dry. This bowl is intended to be used as an artistic piece. It could also be used to hold and display things.


    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.