Red Maple Crotch  Bowl (22SF19) SOLD

Red Maple Crotch Bowl (22SF19) SOLD

dimensions: 8" diameter at top, 6.5" height, 1/4" wall thickness

SOLD 11/22

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

  • Detailed Info about bowl

    The red maple crotch used to make this bowl came from Grand Marais, MN. Red maple, also known as swamp maple or soft maple, is one of the most common and widespread deciduous trees of eastern and central North America. It is rarely seen as far north as Grand Marais. This tree was old and taken down due to decay and its closeness to a home. The wood turned well but the softer areas showed some tear out. The sap wood is light colored but showed some interesting dark patterns, especially around the log centers. A crotch was selected because it showed the most color. The centers of the branches are included in the bowl. A photo of the trimmed crotch (attached to the lathe) is shown. The wood was turned green but did not crack on drying under controlled conditions. The wood showed nice figuring including some flame or chatoyance, especially in the areas between centers. All the wood from this tree contained unusual dark patterns that looked like small sail boats, especially in the lighter sap wood just under the bark. This is unusual and could be caused by insects or bird pecking during the growth of the tree. This is a nice feature of this wood. I always try to preserve the bark on bowls because my goal is to show the complete beauty of the wood. Bark is an important part of the tree. This bark was solid and red brown in color. It nicely contrasts with the white sap wood in the bowl. This 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 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 can be use