Stunning Aspen Burl Bowl (22WS11) SOLD
dimensions: 18" to 15" diameter at top, 4.25" height, 1/4" wall thickness
Detailed Info about bowl
This large bowl was turned from an aspen burl that came from Hovland, Minnesota, near the shore of Lake Superior. The burl was purchased from local loggers. Images of the trimmed burl (attached to my lathe) are shown. This trimmed piece was cut from the side of a large quaking aspen log. Aspen burls are very rare. I have never seen one in a living tree! This burl had jagged and knobby bark which accounts for the irregular bark edge of the bowl. The shape of the bowl shows the actual outer shape of the burl. 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. This burl also had soft decayed areas and bark inclusions. These were stabilized with CA resin and dark wood powder. The wood has stunning grain figuring that includes wavy grain lines, tight swirls, golden to brown-red colors, and contrasting light areas that contain some flame/curl figuring (chatoyance). I call this Lake Superior banded agate figuring. This figuring is special and very unusual. A jagged bark edge completes this unusual bowl. The shape of the bowl was chosen to best show the grain figuring and to display the interesting unsymmetrical bark edge that surrounds the round central part of the bowl. The trimmed burl is shown below to help visualize how this burl was turned. The bowl was turned from green wood using handheld tools on a lathe, dried for several months, sanded to 400 grit. Bowls turned from green wood always warp some during drying. This gives distortions that add natural charm to a bowl. I re-turn the bottom of green turned bowls to remove warping to make sure they sit nicely. 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 the bowl is best suited for artistic display. Aspen burl is rare and very difficult to turn. Very few wood turners work with aspen burl. It is my favorite wood to turn because it is always unusually beautiful (and I like a challenge). This bowl is a gem that would be perfect in a rustic country home.
RETURN AND REFUND POLICY
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.