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Big natural bark edge box elder burl bowl with a ring of red

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Wood Flavor: Box Elder Burl

Condition: New

Interesting Characteristics:
• Burls are tumors on a tree. The bark can vary greatly in thickness on a burl. This bowl has thin areas and thick areas of bark.
• The red color comes from a reaction by the tree to rot. The red on the bowl surrounds an area that was starting to rot. I left the bottom thicker to keep it strong and I treated with it Polycril, a polymer that soaks into rotten wood and gives it strength. Once the bowl dried, the center acted like regular wood.
• Natural bark voids can be found in the bowl.
• This type of burl is made from spiky cones of growth. When you cut through the cone, you get circles. When you cut through the sides of a cone, you get stripes.
• The red color looks like strawberry jam.

Dimensions: The bowl is 15 ½ x 14 inches wide. It is 3 ¼ 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 pound 1 oz

• 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

• Christmas or wedding present
• Table centerpiece
• A piece of visual art
• Coin or keys holder
• 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 tree grew in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I have been watching it for at least 5 years on my way to work. In those years, it lost limbs after storms. In early October 2011, the last main limb came down. After talking to the landlord, he allowed me to have the tree if I removed the limbs and stump and haul everything away.

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.

Big natural bark edge box elder burl bowl with a ring of red