Large Spalted Aspen Burl Bowl (18W8) SOLD

Large Spalted Aspen Burl Bowl (18W8) SOLD

dimensions:  15" diam x 6" ht, 9/16" wall thickness

Sold in 2018


  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from a large aspen burl that came from the south shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The burl is shown above in three images. It had very bumpy bark, which accounts for the interesting jagged bark edge. The burl was decayed with some soft dark areas and holes. The soft areas, mostly near the bark, were hardened and stabilized with CA resin. The wood has nice figuring that includes the usual dark wavy grain lines, tight swirls, flaming curl (chatoyance), golden to brown-red colors, and dark areas and lines from spalting. There was a lot of green lichen on the bark of this burl and some of it has been preserved in the bark edge. I kept this bowl quite thick to emphasize the rustic bark edge. This also gives the bowl a nice presence and a heavy feel when held. The shape of the bowl evolved from the shape of the burl, and my desire to bring out the beauty of the wood and maintain a complete bark edge. The bowl was turned from green wood using handheld tools on a lathe from, 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 burl was difficult to turn due to the decay and soft areas. In one of the images of the burl on the lathe you can see the difficulty in just secruing it safely. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. The size, brilliant figuring and colors of this bowl makes it a collector’s piece. It would attract a lot of attention on a large table.


    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.