Spalted Aspen Burl Bowl (20WS7) SOLD

dimensions: 9.25" diam x 5.5" ht, 3/8" wall thickness


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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from an aspen burl that came from the UP of Michigan, just across the lake from my shop. The burl had nice knobby bark, which accounts for the amazing bark edge of this bowl. Several images of the trimmed burl are shown above. The burl had significant decay near the base of the bowl and just under the bark. There were also holes from insects and worms. These are of course warning signs. Sometimes burls are just too far gone to be worth turning. I forged ahead any way since aspen burls are always beautiful. I hardened all of the soft decayed areas with thin CA glue. The biggest difficulty was dealing with all the holes near the bottom during hollowing. The bowl is secured to the lathe with a chucked tenon in the bottom, so this area has to be stable. Fortunately it held together, and the many years of experience turning aspen burls helped. Aspen burls are always difficult to turn due to decay and separation of many of the grain lines. These grain lines need frequent stabilization during turning. The wood has dramatic figuring that includes the dark wavy grain lines, tight swirls, golden to brown-red colors, many dark areas and lines from spalting, and even some starburst rays of curl coming up from the bottom. This bowl is full of amazing figuring and dark spalting patterns. The jagged bark edge completes this unusual 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 base was designed to give stability around the holes. The bowl was turned from green wood using handheld tools on a lathe, dried for several months, and sanded to 400 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 really unusual and was worth all the extra effort. Sanding alone took an entire day and the holes tore up a lot of expensice sanding disks. This bowl is really special, one I seriously considered saving and displaying in my home.


    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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