Rustic Old Oak Burl Bowl (21WS8)
dimensions: 10" diam at top x 6.5" ht, 7/16" wall thickness
Currently on display at my Hovland shop
Please contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu for purchase information
Detailed Info about bowl
This bowl was turned from an old dry oak burl that was punky and decayed. I turned it as a challenge since the burl needed to be stabilized with epoxy resin. Images of the burl below show this process. The bark was also loose due to decay, so I stabilized it with Cyanoacrylate (CA) resin (thin superglue). I like to keep bark on a bowl since it adds a natural quality to the piece. Oak burls are usually beautiful, and this is no exception. The dark heartwood is highly figured with some curl near the bottom of the bowl and interesting patterns due to spalting. There were some cracks and voids from decay in the bottom. I filled and sealed these with dark wood dust and thin CA glue. These stabilized lines and the epoxy filled voids give a solid and interesting pattern in the bottom. The dark bottom of the bowl is bounded by a thick meandering band of lighter sap wood. The dark jagged bark edge surrounds this lighter area. The overall effect of the dark-light-dark scene is very nice. The bowl was turned from semi-dry punky decayed wood and left to dry and stabilize for several months. The bowl was sanded to 400 grit and 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 but this bowl is best displayed as an artistic piece. This decayed old burl should not have been turned since it took a lot of extra work, but old burls can surprise and always provide a good story. This bowl is quite nice and the clear epoxy in the bottom provides a window into a world of decay. This bowl is a true conversation piece.
RETURN AND REFUND POLICY
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.