Rustic Aspen Burl Bowl (22SF3) SOLD
dimensions: 6.25" diam, 4.5" ht, 1/4" wall thickness
Detailed Info about bowl
This bowl was turned from an aspen burl that came from the Hovland, Minnesota, area. The burl was purchased from local loggers. Images of the trimmed burl (on the lathe) are shown. Aspen burls are very rare, and I am lucky to get a few each year. The burl has jagged and knobby bark which accounts for the very irregular bark edge of the bowl. Aspen burls are always difficult to turn due to decay and separation of many of the grain lines. These grain lines need frequent stabilization during turning. The burl also had a few soft decayed areas, worm holes, and bark inclusions. These were stabilized and sealed. The wood has stunning grain figuring that includes wavy grain lines with tight swirls, golden to brown-red colors, and contrasting light areas that contain flame/curl figuring (chatoyance). This bowl has two worm holes that go through the side. This gives a great rustic look. The jagged bark edge completes this unusual bowl. 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 fresh wood using handheld tools on a lathe, dried for several months, and sanded to 400 grit. Bowls turned from green wood always warps some during drying. This gives distortions that add natural charm to a bowl. I re-turn the bottom of green turned bowls to make sure they sit nicely. 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 the bowl is best suited for artistic display. Aspen burl is rare and very difficult to turn. Very few wood turners work with aspen burl. It is my favorite wood to turn because it is always unusually beautiful.
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