Wild Cherry Burl Bowl (20WS1) SOLD

Wild Cherry Burl Bowl (20WS1) SOLD

dimensions: 14.5" diam x 5" ht, 7/16" wall thickness

Sold during art show 9/25/20


  • Detailed Info about bowl

    This bowl was turned from a cherry burl that I purchased from a logger in the UP of Michigan, near the south shore of Lake Superior. A view of the cut burl, positioned on the lathe, is shown in the photos above. The full burl was cut in half to give two pieces, one of which was used for this end-grain turned bowl. The full burl and the half used for this bowl are also shown in the photos above. The live bark edge of the bowl follows the outer contours of the burl and its tree. The burl wrapped about 70% around its tree. You can see the bullseye ring pattern of the tree in this end-grain turned bowl. A ring count shows that the tree was about 50 years old. This ring pattern merges with the wild grain figuring of the burl, giving some unusually beautiful patterns. The grain figuring in the burl is best described as mottled agate with clouds, and the colors are orange-red with some lighter areas. The grain and colors are unusual for cherry burl. I have turned a lot of cherry burls and this one was different in that it contained a lot of liquid sap that sprayed everywhere and clogged my tools. It took at least two times longer to turn this burl compared with others of similar size. The bowl was turned end-grain using handheld tools on a lathe from green wood, dried for several months, and sanded to 600 grit. 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 this bowl can be used to serve and display food. This bowl is unique and its grain patterns tell a story as explained above. This bowl should last for hundreds of years and improve gracefully with age. Cherry wood always darkens with age, giving it a rich patina.


    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.


Artistic lathe turned wood bowls from Lake Superior area

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