Wild Cherry Bark Edged Bowl (23SF20)
dimensions: 8.5 - 8" diameter at top, 5" max height, 1/4" wall thickness
On display in my Hovland Shop
Contact me at Pignolet@umn.edu if interested in this bowl
Detailed Info about bowl
This bowl is from a wild cherry log that came from a tree near St Paul, MN. The tree was taken down due to its closeness to a house. The log was about 13” in diameter and mostly straight grained. The shape of the bowl comes from the natural curvature of the log. The bowl is round although it appears to be oval. This optical illusion is due to the height difference of the sides. The bark is jagged, dark red in color, and shows good contrast to the lighter cambium layer. The grain of the wood is beautiful showing circular growth lines that range in color from red to brown. The colors and patterns are very nice. There are several tiny micro checks in the bottom of the bowl. This is the area nearest to the center of the log and such checks are common. These checks were sealed and stabilized with CA resin. The bowl was turned using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 400 grit. Bowls that are turned green usually warp a little during the drying process. This is a natural process and adds beauty to a bowl. I always re-turn the bottom of a bowl after drying, so it sits properly. 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 the bowl can be be used for serving food or displaying things, however, the bark edge is fragile and may make it best for display as an artistic piece. Wild cherry wood will darken with age giving it a rich red-brown patina. You can spruce up this bowl by buffing it with a soft cloth moistened with walnut oil, but this is seldom needed. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. This bark edged bowl nicely shows the beauty of cherry wood with its bark.
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.