Honeylocust Crotch Bowl (21SF6) SOLD

Honeylocust Crotch Bowl (21SF6) SOLD

dimensions: 10" diam at top x  7.5" height, 3/8" wall thickness

Sold on 6/28/21

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

  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned green from a honeylocust branched log that came from the Minneapolis area. The photos show the piece cut from the crotch area of the log. I like to carve crotches out of the entire log so the branches appear in the sides of the bowl. There were a few small holes on one of the branch areas visible in the photo. The wood in the branch areas was also soft and punky in places. I suspected some decay in this crotch but decided to work with it since the golden color of the wood was beautiful and crotches usually have special grain figuring. Honeylocust is a hard dense wood but being green it turned nicely. I shaped the bowl to best bring out the beauty of the crotch. The bullseye patterns of the branches look best when located in the curved part of a bowl, so I adjusted the curve of the sides to best show this. Crotches also have interesting grain figuring in the areas where the circular branch patterns intersect, so the shape should emphasize these areas. The bowl shows the crotches well but turning was tricky in the punky areas. I used thin CA resin to stabilize the soft areas to minimized tear-out while turning. I also filled the holes with dark knot wood and CA resin since this area was soft and needed to be stabilized. The wood around these holes required more repair and stabilization during turning the inside of the bowl. All of these stabilized areas are solid and strong and sanded well. The shape of the bowl is pleasing to the eye and the live bark edge adds a great jagged border around the top of the sap wood. The line between the light-yellow sapwood and the golden heartwood meanders around the bullseye patterns of the branches. This gives a spectacular appearance. There is some nice flame figuring in the intersection area between the branches. 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 stable and should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. The bowl is visually interesting and will attract attention.


    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.