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Spalted Aspen Burl Bowl (19WS21) SOLD

Spalted Aspen Burl Bowl (19WS21) SOLD

dimensions: 9.5" diam x 5.5" ht, 7/16" wall thickness


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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This stunning bowl was turned from an aspen burl that I purchased from a logger in the UP of Michigan, near the south shore of Lake Superior. A view of the trimmed burl is shown above mounted on a lathe. Aspen burls are my favorite to turn. They are always challenging with lots of issues like soft decayed areas, cracking along grain lines, worms, and soft areas just under the bark. Aspen burls are also rare. Very few people turn aspen burls for these reasons, but the end result is always spectacular. This burl was problematic with a lot of decay and I struggled to get a bowl. The rough turned bowl was OK but not special in appearance. After drying for many months and finishing I was blown away by the amazing grain figuring and colors, one of the best. The spalting patterns (swirling dark lines) are amazing and the grain figuring includes a lot of curly flame, unusual in aspen burl. There are also bark inclusions, a worm hole, and some worm tracks. The bowl has a rounded shape with amazing thick bark. All of the soft areas and open grain lines in this bowl are hardened and stabilized with thin CA resin. I am always amazed how beautiful aspen burl bowls are and this justifies all the extra work. The colors in this bowl include red, yellow, gold, black and overtones of green. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. All bowls that are turned green will warp as they dry. I love the look this natural process gives to a bowl. 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 this bowl can be used to display food. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This is a collector’s piece and a great example of an aspen burl bowl. Imagine how this would look on a wood table or on a shelf. It would certainly stimulate lots of conversation.


    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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