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Natural Edge White Oak Burl Bowl (24WS10)

Natural Edge White Oak Burl Bowl (24WS10)

dimensions: 10.5" - 10 diameter at top, 5.5" max height, 3/16" wall thickness

On display in my Hovland Shop

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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This beautiful bowl was turned from a piece of an enormous white oak burl that was cut from a d owned 200-year-old tree. The tree grew on a farm in Elk River, MN. Two pieces of the burl are shown (note the glove for size perspective). These two pieces are about half of the main burl! The piece on the right was cut and trimmed into a bowl blank for this bowl as shown on the lathe. This oak burl had some minor decay and a few thin (≤1/16”) checks. These were filled with dark wood dust and cyanoacrylate glue to provide a smooth surface. The burl had a nicely textured outer surface that can be seen in the rim of the bowl. Most of the bark had come off the burl some years ago. The bowl shows wavy circular growth rings that are darker brown and contrast with the golden-brown color of the wood. These wavy lines are erratic and wind around the upper half of the bowl. The lower half of the bowl has parallel wormlike dark lines on top of a lighter sea of nicely figured oak burl wood. These dark lines wiggle half-way up the sides of the bowl. These are very pronounced and add a nice appearance to the bowl. There are also some (radial) rays (typical of oak) running up the sides to the top of the bowl. Overall, this is memorizing and difficult to put into words. These darker lines can be seen in the bowl blank on the lathe! The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 400 grit. Bowls often warp a little during the drying. This is not usually noticeable but requires the re-turning of the base and bottom of the bowl. The bowl was sealed with two coats of pure tung oil (diluted 50% with citrus solvent to speed up drying), hand sanded after each coat. This finish is considered food safe, although this bowl is best suited for artistic display. Oak is a very hard wood and sands amazingly smooth. I find it wonderful to just hold the bowl and feel this smoothness. This bowl will last for a very long time and improve gracefully with age.






    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.

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