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Oak is a distinctive timber, and a classic timber for bowls. California Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia), has a lot more interest in terms of grain patterns and color than the commercially harvested Red and White Oak from the eastern hardwood industry. The reason you don't see more of it is that it warps, checks and distorts to a point that the furniture and joinery industries aren't interested in it regardless of the characteristics of the wood. As a turner I can utilize this incredibly unique and beautiful timber because of the attention to the details of an individual piece of wood turning provides the opportunity for. This is cut from a "union" low on the trunk, where three spars of the tree sprouted and took hold. This causes the wild grain patterns and figure in the piece, and also led to the inevitable checking and cracking as the wood dried and became stable. These natural voids have been inlaid with a combination of brass, copper, and pipestone.

These natural, bark-edge bowls have always seemed a bit magical to me, something fairies & sprites might use in a woodland forest feast. The raw natural bark edge includes the life & part of the story of the tree, invokes a nice rustic feel, and provides a great shape that shows off the natural woodgrain beautifully. The rough, raw edges of these forms also offer a dynamic contrast to the ultra smooth, attention-to-detail surface finish that typifies all my work, and that juxtaposition gives the piece as a whole a "vintage" feel (even though it is brand new work!), and a palpable sense of re-use, and of renewal.

All of the bowls, platters, plates and dishes, whether they are bark-edged, "square," 5-sided, winged, or round are completely functional, and can be used for food (many of them are equally suited simply to display as sculptural pieces as well). They are all very well sealed, so if they are used for food they clean up really easily, and just need a light hand rinsing or washing. Do not put them in the dishwasher or soak them in the sink.

I hand turn every piece offered for sale here, and they are all my own designs. Everything is produced from locally salvaged timbers. All my work is completed with old-fashioned, pure oil, non-toxic, food-safe, child-safe finishes.

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Natural-Edge Wood Bowl in Salvaged Live Oak: 11" Diameter x 5.75" Tall.


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: tung oil, beeswax, walnut oil, Locally salvaged Black oak
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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