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Telling the story of a tree, one bowl at a time. God creates the trees; I simply try to find the bowl hiding inside the log.

I have created a facebook page for my bowls and the process of making them. Friend me at greenwoodturnings [!at] yahoo.com

I specialize in natural edge bowls, where the rim of the bowl gets its shape directly from the outside edge of a tree. I also like to turn crotch bowls. These have a cool design in the bottom of the bowl created by a stretch mark in the area between the trunk and the limb of the tree. The bowls have a unique shape. I also can turn large bowls that work well for centerpieces on large tables or they can be used as a photo prop for infant photographers.

My bowls are turned green (wet) and they are dried in my specially designed kiln made from and old refrigerator and heated by light bulbs. This allows me to dry a bowl in about 6 weeks. The bowls are sanded after they are dried and then many coats of finish are applied. The bowls are then waxed. My bowls are not considered food safe, so you can’t eat soup or salad in them or put them in the dishwasher. You can use them for dry items (chips, nuts, or candy) and they make great conversation starters. I include the story of the bowl in the bowl’s listing so that you will know where the tree grew.

I am a full time preschool teacher in the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. My bowls are my passion and my hobby. I am involved in the whole process of turning the bowls. I harvest the logs, cut them up with my chainsaw, turn the bowls, sand them out, finish them, and finally wax them. Larger bowls come from much larger, heavier logs. I think I might need an ATV and a hydraulic lift on my truck to help move the logs in the woods and lift logs into my truck. My prices are based on the time involved in making each bowl and the type of wood used.

I have divided my shop into 5 sections:

• Natural edge bowls section: You can find bowls with an edge that comes right from the outside edge of the tree. If the tree is cut down at the right time of year and I am lucky, the bark stays on. My mom has difficulty visualizing how the bowl grew on the tree. If you like something different than round bowls, check out this section.
• Crotch bowls section: Crotches come from the area between the trunk and a branch. Sometimes you get feather grain, bark inclusions, curly or swirly grain.
• Woven cross section: This is my version of a Trinity Cross, three crosses in the shape of one cross. I make them out of barn wood (most over 100 years old) and various hardwoods I have in my shop. If you have certain favorite flavors of wood, let me know.
• Nesting bowl sets: This section has bowls that are turned from the same blank. Instead of making shavings of the inside part of a large bowl, I cut 2-3 bowls from what would have been waste. In this way, you get a matched set of bowls that share similar shape and color.
• Marker Holders: In this section, I have designed 2 types of marker holders. One holds 8 markers, the other 24. The caps are glued to the holder so it will be much easier for children to replace the markers in their caps.

If you have any questions about my work, let me know in Etsy Conversations.
Thank you for looking at my shop. May the Lord bless your week.

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