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Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl (18SF35) SOLD

Spalted Sugar Maple Burl Bowl (18SF35) SOLD

dimensions: 16" diam x 5" ht", 3/8" wall thickness


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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from a sugar maple burl I purchased from a friend in Michigan. A photo above shows half of the large burl, mounted on the lathe ready to turn. The complete burl and the two cut halves are sown in images above. The half to the right in the image was used for this bowl. The burl wrapped about 80% around the log so I turned this piece end-grain to best show the interesting dark pattern in the wood. The pith or center of the log is located in the bottom of the bowl and it has circular grain lines. There are also some dark radial patterns extending out from the pith. The main spalting pattern in this bowl is large and spreads around the entire bowl. The color of the spalting is reddish brown with interesting dark lines that contrast with the lighter areas, which show flame and quilt figuring. The spalting patterns show figure like patterns. 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. 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 so it can be used to display fruit or bread, although it 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.


    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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