Spalted Birch Burl Bowl (20WS16) SOLD

Spalted Birch Burl Bowl (20WS16) SOLD

dimensions: 14" long x 13" wide x 4.5" ht, 3/8" wall thickness

Sold at art tour on 9/26/20

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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from a birch burl that came from the UP of Michigan, just across the lake from my shop. An image of the full burl is shown above, along with an image of the trimmed burl mounted on a lathe. The burl had an old branch inclusion that accounts for the bark lined hole in the side of the bowl. The wood also showed signs of some pre-decay, and this produced nice spalting patterns in the bowl and contributed to the unusual golden color. There is also some chatoyance (or curl figuring). This shows up in some of the images, but this phenomenon is difficult to capture in photographs. These intersecting lines of flame give the bowl a golden glow. The bowl has a complete live bark edge. The overall effect is stunning. The shape of the bowl evolved from the burl with my desire to have a complete live edge. The bowl was turned from green wood 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 so the bowl can be used for holding food. The bark edge is more fragile than the rest of the bowl, so care is needed if used for holding or serving food. This bowl is unusual and will stimulate 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.