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Woodpecker damage cherry bowl

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Wood Flavor: Cherry

Condition: New

Interesting Characteristics:
• This is a pith centered bowl which means the center of the limb is in the center of the bowl. On the lathe, I removed just enough sapwood to expose some woodpecker damage, while leaving enough sapwood to give the bowl a nice contrast.
• The stripes around the outside of the bowl were caused by woodpecker damage. As the woodpecker pecked into the bark, it created a wound in the tree. The tree healed this wound by turning the light sapwood into a vertical stripe that was a darker color than the heartwood. As you look at this bowl, past damage can also be found in the heartwood towards the middle of the bowl. Look for little v’s in the grain.
• Cherry is a photo-reactive wood so the heartwood will darken with exposure to sunlight
• The woodpecker damage streaks remind me of a cave stalagmites and stalactites in an old video game as you spin the bowl around and look at it.

Dimensions: The bowl is 7 ½ inches wide. It is 5 3/4 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: 1 pound 12 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 bowl grew in south western Wisconsin near Muscoda. The tree had 2 dead streaks running up the trunk and the tree was very old (80 years?). I took the tree down before it became a widow maker in the woods. My mother was not happy with my cutting down the tree, but she felt better once she saw the “art” that it produced

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.

Woodpecker damage cherry bowl