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Wild Cherry Bowl (24SF4)

Wild Cherry Bowl (24SF4)

dimensions: 9.5" top diameter, 2.5" bottom diameter, 3.75" height, 1/16" wall thickness

On display in my Hovland shop

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  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This elegant bowl was turned 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 12” in diameter and free of knots. Most of this cherry wood was used for making commissioned salad bowls. I had a different shape in mind for this one, a shape that was elegant with a lot of curvature. I do not usually turn this type of bowl (my specialty is artistic bark edged bowls). The bowl is indeed elegant with a very sweeping curve. The wood has nice grain lines and the typical red brown colors of cherry. The log had some large branches on the other side of the log so the wood grain in the top of the bowl shows circular patterns The bowl also has some of the lighter sap wood in its bottom and on one side of the top. The top of the bowl was positioned (prior to turning) near the center of the log and the bottom of the bowl nearer to the sap wood just below the bark. This explains the lighter sap wood in the bowl. I feel this adds a nice story to the bowl. I always try to visualize the placement of the bowl in a log. This guides my turning of the bowl. 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. It is easy to see the slight warping in the top of this bowl. 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 holding food, however, the thinness of this bowl makes it best for use 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.






    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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