Heart Shaped Box Elder Bowl (21SF4)
dimensions: 16-13" diam at top x 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
The box elder log used to make this bowl came from the Chisago City area, just north of the Twin Cities, MN. The log had a heart shaped cross-section, so I cut a 7” thick slab for turning an end-grain bowl. Images of the log and the cut cross-section piece (attached to the lathe) are shown above. This procedure will give a bowl with the heart shape and nicely show the interesting red figuring. An end-grain turned bowl will also have the center or pith of the tree in its bottom. The circular growth rings around the pith are also visible but difficult to count. My crude count shows the log to be about 50 years old. An end-grain turned bowl will also have a live bark edge. Box elder wood often has the red coloring seen in this log. This red staining is most likely produced by the tree as a nonspecific host response to wounding. It is interesting that a red color is also found in box elder bugs! 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.
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.