Spalted Aspen Burl Bowl (18SF51) SOLD

dimensions: 10" long x 8" wide x 3" ht, 5/16" wall thickness

sold in 2018


  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This 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. A photo above shows a view of the trimmed burl mounted on a lathe. This burl had decay under the bark and some dark areas from spalting and bark inclusions. The bowl was 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. Aspen burls are the most difficult burls I turn and they always take much more time compared to other burls. I turn them mainly because they always show the most amazing grain figuring and colors. This one has beautiful figuring that includes wavy circular grain, tight swirls typical of aspen burl, some curl, and dark lines and patterns. The combination of the golden colors, grain figuring, and dark bark that surrounds the top edge of the bowl is stunning. 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 bark edge. The bark is really special and the jagged edge comes from those knobby bumps on the burl. There is a complete bark edge that surrounds the hollow of the bowl. The bowl was turned from green wood and allowed to move as it dried. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe, 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.


    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.


Artistic lathe turned wood bowls from Lake Superior area

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