Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl (17SF80) SOLD

Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl (17SF80) SOLD

dimensions: 18.5 x 14 x 4", 7/16" wall thickness

SOLD on 1/7/18

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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from a sugar maple burl I purchased from a logger in Felch, MI, near the south shore of Lake Superior. The burl wrapped about 85% around the log so I cut it in half to give two pieces to be turned end-grain to best present the interesting dark pattern in the wood. Photos above show the two halves of the burl with amazing spalting patterns. The piece used for this bowl is also shown mounted on the lathe. The pith or center of the log is located in the bottom of the bowl. The spalting pattern in this bowl is large and spreads like the wings of a great bird around the entire bowl. The color of the spalting is golden brown with interesting dark lines that contrast with the lighter areas, which show flame and quilt figuring. The natural bark edge is irregular and follows the outer contours of the burl. The bark is dark brown with wavy light lines. The bowl was turned end-grain and green and allowed to move as it dried. This adds a natural warping that I really like. You can see the pith of the log in the lighter side near the bottom. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, 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. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This large bowl has unusual colors and patterns from spalting, making it a collector’s piece. This bowl would be spectacular on a large table. It is one of the best maple burl bowls I have turned.


    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.