Flaming Birch Burl Bowl (21SF30) SOLD
dimensions: 12" diameter at top, 2" height, 7/16" wall thickness
Sold on 9/5/21
Contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu if interested in this bowl
Detailed Info about bowl
This birch burl came from the Hovland Minnesota area near Lake Superior. The burl had an unusual shape with very uneven areas on its backside (side toward the tree). I mounted it on the lathe to give a bowl with a live bark edge. This required carving off the uneven areas to give a shallow bowl. Photos of the partially turned burl on the lathe are shown. It was impossible to get a deeper bowl with a bark edge from this burl. The bowl has amazing flame figuring (chatoyance). The curving rays of curl dance around as the bowl is viewed, impossible to capture in photos. This is one of the best examples of chatoyance I have seen. The burl had a deep hole in it (see photo of burl) which came close to the bottom of the bowl. I kept the wall a bit thick to prevent the hole from coming completely through the bottom of the bowl, but you can see it as a dark depression in the bottom view of the bowl. This hole was probably caused by an old branch that decayed away. This bowl is spectacular with its flame. It gives the appearance of being on fire. 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 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 the bowl is best used as an artistic piece. It would be amazing on a table and be a great conversation starter.
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.