Sugar Mapale Burl Bowl (21WS23)
dimensions: 16-13" diam at top, 5.5" diam at bottom, 4.5" ht, 5/16" wall thickness
On display in my Hovland Shop
Contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu if interested in this bowl
Detailed Info about bowl
This sugar maple burl came from the UP of Michigan, in the Lake Superior area. The burl was old and starting to decay. The bark freely came off during turning, so the bowl has a live edge without bark. The burl is shown in a photo on its log and the trimmed piece is shown attached to the lathe. The wood was punky and showed a lot of spalting. I decided to turn it since the spalting patterns looked interesting. The wood needed to be stabilized in the punky areas, so I applied a lot of cyanoacrylate resin which acts as a wood hardener. This worked well. The dark patterns and zone lines are from spalting (fungal action that happens as decay starts). The interesting lighter patterns are less common but also result from spalting. There are also some rays of curl (flame, chatoyance) visible near the top in the top view. As a wood starts to decay the curl patterns fade and this is happening here. The wood also has some bark inclusions. The largest of these is visible in the side view of the bowl above. The colors and patterns in this bowl are very nice. This burl wrapped around a log (see the end-on view of the burl). The burl was cut perpendicular to the log to give two halves. This bowl was turned from one of these halves in what we call an end-grain turning. Note that the center or pith of the log (with its circular growth rings) is in the center of the bowl. This bowl tells the story of a burl, with its beautiful grain figuring, on its way to being decayed into soil. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from wet wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. Wood that is turned green will always warp a little as it dries. This adds a natural quality to the bowl, but also requires the bottom to be re-turned so the bowl sits well. 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 it is best used as an artistic piece.
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.