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Large termite chomped Box Elder burl bowl with splashes of red

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Wood Flavor: Box Elder Burl

Condition: New

Interesting Characteristics:
• I had to fight the termites for possession of this piece. I pulled over 10 out as I turned it. Sadly, some did not want to leave and they were turned along with the bowl. May they rest in pieces. This piece will not infest your house with bugs. The termites only like wet, fresh wood. This has been dried in my kiln so no live bugs are present in the bowl. We just get to enjoy their work.
• Box Elder turnes red in spots near rotten areas. This bowl did not have rot yet, but the center of the tree was rotten.
• Lots of natural voids from bugs and burl growth are found in this bowl. Hold this one up to the light and set how light much gets through.
• The natural bark edge is erratic, a characteristic of burl growth.
• The burl grain is made of circle swirls and curly areas. Both of these designs are from how the spike growth of the burl was cut.


Dimensions: The bowl is 17 ½ x 14 ¾ inches wide. It is 4 ½ inches tall. The image of the golf ball in the bowl should help give you an idea of the size of the bowl.

Bowl’s weight: 3 pounds

Finish:
• Wipe on Polyurethane (shiny, durable, non-food grade finish). Other turners use a food grade finish on their bowls but I love the color and depth of grain that polyurethane gives wood. You can’t eat soup out of my bowls, but my bowl’s finish will be as durable as your kitchen table’s finish. Polyurethane and wax make the bowl extremely smooth.
• Buffed with 3 kinds of wax

Uses:
• Christmas or wedding present
• Table centerpiece
• A piece of visual art
• Coin or keys holder
• Infant photo prop
• Wrapped candy
• Potpourri
• Fruit

Care of Bowl: Wipe it with a damp cloth, do not submerse in water. Do not use furniture polish on the bowl, it will dissolve the wax finish.

Story of where the wood for the bowl came from: This bowl grew in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I looked at this tree every day on my way to work and over the years, I have watched more and more limbs fall off of it. When the last major limb fell, I worked out a deal where I could have the entire tree. I had to remove the limbs, trunk and the stump and the tree was mine. Best deal I ever made.

The bowl was dried in my kiln so it is very dry. Usually, air drying my turnings takes 8 months. The kiln (an easy bake oven using a fridge and a light bulb) allows me to speed up my process to about 4-5 weeks.

To see my latest turnings, find me on facebook under Greenwood turnings.

All of my bowls are signed and dated on the bottom.

International Buyers are welcome. American forests are full of beautiful trees. Contact me for a shipping quote.

Large termite chomped Box Elder burl bowl with splashes of red

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Only ships to United States from Wisconsin, United States.
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