Spalted Aspen Burl Bowl (19WS24) SOLD

dimensions: 6.75" diam x 3.5" ht, 7/16" wall thickness


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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This rustic 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 mounted on a lathe, is shown above. 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 bowl was difficult to turn due to decay and soft areas just under the bark. The spalting patterns (swirling dark lines) are dramatic and the grain figuring includes some curly flame and tight swirling patterns. There are also bark inclusions and filled worm holes. The bowl has a rounded shape with a thick bark that curves inward. All of the soft areas below the bark and any open grain lines in this bowl are hardened and stabilized with thin CA resin. The bowl has a great rustic appearance with a very irregular bark edge. The colors in this bowl include red, yellow, gold, black and overtones of blue-green. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. This bowl was very difficult to sand due to its small size and jagged inward curbed edge. 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.


    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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