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Spalted Aspen Burl Bowl (18SF26) SOLD

Spalted Aspen Burl Bowl (18SF26) SOLD

dimensions: 9" diam x 6" ht, 7/16" wall thickness

Sold in 2018


  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from an aspen burl that came from the UP or Michigan, not far from the south shore of Lake Superior. The burl had very thick and knobby bark, which accounts for the amazing bark edge. An image of the burl is shown above. The burl was decayed with some soft areas, mostly near the bark, and were hardened and stabilized with CA resin. Aspen burls are difficult to turn due to the decay and separation of many of the grain lines. These grain lines need frequently stabilization during turning. The wood has great figuring that includes the dark wavy grain lines, tight swirls, curl, golden to brown-red colors, and dark areas and lines from spalting. The figuring in aspen burl is among the best I have seen, always beautiful. The bark edge and contrast between the light and dark areas give a great presence to this 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 walls curve slightly inward near the rim. This nicely fits with the thick wavy bark edge. The bowl was turned from green wood using handheld tools on a lathe from, 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 should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age.


    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.

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