Honey Locust Bark Edged Bowl (21SF25) SOLD
dimensions: 10-10.5" diameter at top, 6.75" height, 3/8" wall thickness
Contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu if interested in this bowl
Detailed Info about bowl
This bowl was turned green from a honey locust log that came from the Minneapolis area. The log was about 13” in diameter. Honey locust (Gleditsia Triacanthos) is a heavy, hard wood with an attractive yellow to cream color. The wood is very strong and used for furniture and fence posts. Honey locust wood has a coarse, open grain structure that can be easily seen in this bowl. In fact, the grain in this bowl is beautiful with dark and light golden colors as it swirls around the bottom of the bowl. A rough count of the grain rings indicates this branch is about 50 years old. The tree was cut down since it grew near a house and was showing signs of decay. The heart wood was starting to get punky, especially near the pith of the tree. I stabilized the softer areas with cyanoacrylate resin during the turning of this bowl. The bark on honey locust is unusual with curled raised edges (see photo above right). You can see this unusually shaped bark in the edge of this bowl. I love turning bowls with natural bark edges as this shows the complete beauty of the wood. The high oval shape of this bowl is due to the curvature of the log. The color of the wood changes from golden orange in the heart wood to lighter yellow or cream in the outer sap wood. The bark edge provides a nice dark red-brown border to these lighter colors. There is a small knot near the bottom of this bowl. This is due to an old branch inclusion and has been sealed and stabilized. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 400 grit. Wood that is turned green will always warp a little 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 would be fine for holding fruit or bread, although it would be beautiful as an artistic piece. The bowl is strong and should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. The bowl is visually interesting and will attract attention.
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
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