Spalted Aspen Bark Edged Bowl (20WS6)
dimensions: 15" x 11.5" x 3" ht, 3/8" wall thickness
On display at my Hovland shop
Contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu if interested in this bowl
Detailed Info about bowl
This bowl was turned from an aspen log I cut from a tree in my yard in Hovland. The tree was old and close to my sauna. As I was cutting it up for firewood, one piece caught my eye due to its unusual shape and spalting pattern. I turned the piece end-grain to show off these features. This bowl has a winged shape with a live bark edge and a contrasting orange cambium layer just below the bark. The center or pith of the tree is visible in the bottom of the bowl with its circular growth rings. A quick count of the rings indicates the tree was about 86 years old. This bowl tells a story of its life a few feet from the shore of Lake Superior. This area was logged for aspen in the 1920s and the trees were rafted down the lakeshore to sawmills. This tree is part of a massive aspen root system now in my yard, a remnant of an old aspen forest. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, 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 so the bowl can be be used for serving and displaying food such as fruit and bread. The bark edge is somewhat fragile, so it is not recommended to serve wet food or salad. This bowl would also be great as an artistic piece. You can spruce up this bowl (if necessary) by buffing it with a soft cloth damped with walnut oil, but simple dusting is all that is really necessary. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age.
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.