Pearly Birch Burl Bowl (20WS12)

dimensions: 12" long x 8" wide x 2.5" ht, 1/4" wall thickness

On display at my Hovland shop

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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from a birch burl that came from the UP of Michigan, just across the lake from my shop. An image of the trimmed burl, attached to a lathe, is shown above. You never know what hides inside a birch burl. This one was hiding something very special, lots of pearly curly figuring. This type of figuring is called chatoyance, similar to mother of pearl and moon stone. This bowl is alive with dancing flame. The flame moves and curls as it is observed from different angles. Birch burl often has some chatoyance, but this bowl has it everywhere. Some of the images were taken in direct sun light to best show the chatoyance, a difficult effect to photograph. The bowl also has a live bark edge that gives nice contrast to the light pearly wood. The shape of the bowl evolved from the burl with my desire to have a complete live edge. The bowl has flat and curved areas, each giving a different appearance to the chatoyance. The surface of the bowl is smooth but one’s eye tells the brain that it is wavy and moving. This is very special and will make this bowl a conversation piece. The bowl was turned from green wood 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 very unusual and will amaze.


    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.


Artistic lathe turned wood bowls from Lake Superior area

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