Sugar Maple Burl Bowl (21WS25) SOLD
dimensions: 17-13" diam at top, 4" diam at bottom, 4.5" ht, 5/16" wall thickness
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 wrapped about 85% of the way around a log so I cut the burl and log into two halves as shown in the images. The cross-section views of the two halves showed spectacular spalting colors and patterns. The images in these pieces look like horned birds with their wings spread. The piece on the right was used for an end-grain turning and is shown attached to the lathe in the last image. The shape of the bowl evolved during turning. I wanted to show the unusual birdlike image, so the top was carved with a gentle downward slope before cutting the deeper bowl shape in the center. The resulting image looks like a horned figure in the center with its arms and legs stretched outward to two large dragon like shapes. The surrounding figures have colorful reptilian patterns on their bodies. This bowl will stimulate a lot of conversation. Since this bowl was turned end-grain, the center or pith of the log is in the bottom of the bowl. In fact, there is a second knot from an old branch which became included inside the burl. This is a very unusual bowl. The bowl has a natural bark edge that shows the outer contours of the log. It is easy to see the round log area (with its circular growth rings) morphing into beautiful burl. The bottom of the bowl is also interesting. This bowl would be amazing on a mirror top table! The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green 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 has a proper base. 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 displayed 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.