Highly Figured Aspen Burl Bowl (20WS31) SOLD

Highly Figured Aspen Burl Bowl (20WS31) SOLD

dimensions: 15" - 14" diameter x 5.5" ht, 1/4" wall thickness


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

  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This highly figured bowl was turned from an aspen burl that is from the south shore of Lake Superior in the UP of Michigan. A photo above shows the trimmed burl mounted on the lathe. Most of the bowl has a bark edge, but the shape of the burl caused part of the edge to be carved smooth. The swirling and meandering lines and the red-brown-golden colors are stunning and typical of aspen burl, although this is one of the best I have seen. This bowl also has a lot pearly chatoyance in the lighter areas. This causes the bowl to give the illusion of curling waves. The combination of the golden colors, grain figuring, and jagged bark that surrounds the top edge of the bowl is beautiful. Aspen burls are difficult to turn due to decay and separation along grain lines. I use a thin cyanoacrylate resin to stabilize the problem areas. This bowl was turned from green wood and allowed to move as it dried for several months. This adds a natural warping that I really like, but it requires re-turning the outside bottom of the bowl. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe, dried for several months, 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 this bowl is best suited for artistic display. This bowl is a great example of aspen burl, one of the best I have seen. Its stunning appearance will make it a great conversation piece.


    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.