Flaming Birch Burl Bowl (20SF8)
dimensions: 10.5" x 9" x 4" ht, 5/16" wall thickness
On display at my Hovland shop
Contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu if interested in this bowl
Detailed Info about bowl
This bowl was turned from an old birch burl that was purchased from a logger in the UP of Michigan. The burl was very large and cut in half as shown in the photos above. The burl was cut due to its very big size and this left half was further cut due to its shape. The right half was used to turn a large bowl. This bowl is one of three turned from the left half of this burl. The wood is spalted giving it a dark red-brown color, not typical of yellow birch. There is great curl figuring in this bowl. This chatoyance is striking as it twists around the bowl. Flame or curl is not unusual in birch burl, but it is especially vivid here. It is difficult to capture the chatoyance effect in photos. It is much more alive in person. The shape of the bowl evolved from the shape of this piece of the burl and my desire to preserve a complete live bark edge. This bowl was turned from green burl wood and dried for several months. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. The wood warped as it dried, typical of bowls turned green. I like the distortion that results from warping as it gives a natural look to a bowl. The bottom of the bowl was re-turned so the bowl sits well on a flat surface. 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 it can be used for displaying dry food like fruit or bread, but not for serving wet food. It would be a great center piece on a small table.
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.