Spalted Aspen Burl Bowl (18SF2) SOLD

Spalted Aspen Burl Bowl (18SF2) SOLD

dimensions:  19.5" long x 15.5" wide, 4" high, 7/16" wall thickness

Sold in 2018


  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This large bowl was turned from an aspen burl that was purchased from a logger near the south shore of Lake Superior in the UP of Michigan. Photos above show the trimmed burl mounted on a lathe and the complete burl before trimming. This burl had significant decay, bark inclusions, and beautiful dark patterns from spalting. The bowl was very difficult to turn requiring a lot of wood stabilizer and thin CA glue. Typical of aspen burls it had separation along many of the grain lines and the glue was necessary to keep the wood from coming apart. Sanding and finishing was also very tedious, but my love for spalted aspen burl wood made it worth the extra effort and time. The wood has amazing figuring that includes wavy circular grain, tight swirls typical of aspen burl, shimmering flame (chatoyance) especially in the lighter areas, and dark wavy lines and patterns from spalting. The combination of the golden colors, grain figuring, and dark bark that surrounds the top edge of the bowl is stunning. The bowl also has several wormholes and some north woods lichen in the bark. 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 as complete a bark edge as possible. The base of the bowl was positioned on the top of the burl so the rim has a maximum diameter and an elongated natural shape. The bark is really special and the jagged edge comes from those knobby bumps on the burl. It took a lot of patience to turn this bowl and keep the bark in tact. The bowl was turned from green wood and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping that I really like. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a, 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 special and a great example of spalted aspen burl.


    All of my bowls 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.