MullinsWoodworks

Premium Quality Handcrafted Wooden Bowls on Etsy

Minnesota, United States · 328 Sales

MullinsWoodworks

Premium Quality Handcrafted Wooden Bowls on Etsy

Minnesota, United States 328 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(71)
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Steve

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Announcement   I specialize in handcrafted wooden bowls that are decorative and functional. Each piece is handcrafted one at a time from reclaimed Northern hardwoods.

I am passionate about creating unique designs that will add beauty to your home for years to come. My bowls also make great gifts.
Thanks for stopping by!

Handcrafted with pride in Minnesota - USA

Announcement
Last updated on Apr 21, 2016

I specialize in handcrafted wooden bowls that are decorative and functional. Each piece is handcrafted one at a time from reclaimed Northern hardwoods.

I am passionate about creating unique designs that will add beauty to your home for years to come. My bowls also make great gifts.
Thanks for stopping by!

Handcrafted with pride in Minnesota - USA

Steve

Contact shop owner

Steve

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(71)
Madey

Madey on Jul 30, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is a gorgeous bowl and will be perfect as a wedding gift. If you are looking for an item that's "Not off the Shelf" but still has that awww factor then I would highly recommend Mullins Woodworks as the description is on point along with the apparent quality.

Tara Dolgan

Tara Dolgan on Jun 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is such a beautiful piece of practical art! Thank you so very much!

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About

Handcrafted Wooden Bowls

1985. A few years after trade school, studying carpentry and woodworking, it started like most small shops. A table saw, drill press, a few clamps... and the love for wood.
There have been many changes over the years. Back then my focus was custom furniture and home decor. Raw material was purchased from the lumber store - boards that were dried, sized and planed flat. But later I discovered a different way to use this wonderful, natural resource. I could start with a fresh cut log and work it into something beautiful and useful.

And so it is today. Most of my work originates from hardwood logs, acquired locally.
Where I live in western Minnesota we are blessed with an abundance of beautiful hardwoods. Elm, ash, maple, box elder, walnut, hackberry, oak, to name a few. The wood I use is from trees removed due to storm damage, new development, or for safety reasons, and the logs are ear-marked for the landfill or biomass plant. I am happy to reclaim this wood for a better purpose. Working with this natural material is very gratifying.

I specialize in decorative, natural-edge bowls and functional salad bowls. Each piece is designed and handcrafted one at a time. Only hand tools are used at the lathe. Every item is truly one-of-a-kind. Custom orders are always welcome.
I take pride in super fast shipping, and want you to be happy with your order. Your satisfaction is my goal.


My wife’s input is vital. Ann is part-time order taker, shipper, design consultant, shop cleaner, and full-time cheerleader. Without her, this business would not exist.

For me... I am happiest at my lathe, designing and creating.

Welcome to Mullins Woodworks

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    I have always loved working with wood - creating things people want to admire, hold and use.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 21, 2016
Hello and welcome to Mullins Woodworks. Over the years I have always been dedicated to my customers. Your satisfaction is my goal. I love sharing my work with others and I hope your visits here are enjoyable.

I welcome custom orders. Please contact me via Etsy with questions.

To learn more about my bowls and view questions, scroll down to "Additional Policies and FAQ" on this page.

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Payment
I accept credit cards, Paypal, money orders and checks.
If paying by check or money order please let me know via Etsy. When the check is received and cleared I will ship your order.

Sales tax will be applied as required by your state.
Shipping
I take pride in super fast shipping as most items will be shipped within 24 hours of receiving cleared payment.
Most items will be shipped using insured USPS Priority Mail or First Class Mail.
Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.
Refunds and Exchanges
Your satisfaction is extremely important to me! I will gladly accept returns within 10 days of receipt If you are not happy with your order. I will refund your money less the shipping costs. Item must be returned in original packaging undamaged. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. Please contact me before returning an item. Thank You.
Additional policies and FAQs
Here you will find answers to questions and interesting information about my bowls.

Q: How do I know if a bowl is "decorative" or "utility"?
A: Ultimately it is up to the person who owns the bowl. After you receive the bowl you are free to use it anyway you choose. It's your bowl! However, there are logical guidelines you can follow to get the best use from your bowl. The following explains the difference between utility and decorative bowls, what finishes are used and how to care for them.

Food Safe Utility Bowls
Primarily used for tossing and serving salad, food safe conditioners for these bowls include mineral oil / beeswax, walnut oil / beeswax, as well as other nut and fruit oils. A food grade wax may be used as a top coat. These conditioners are easy to apply and repair, making it simple to maintain the finish on your bowl. Vegetable oils are not used as a finish because they can go rancid on the bowl. The sticker on your bowl indicates what finish was used.

To clean utility bowls used in the kitchen, wash gently with warm soapy water and a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse and immediately towel off until completely dry. Never soak a wooden bowl. Do not put in oven, microwave or dishwasher. Before your bowl starts looking dry, or loses it’s luster, apply a fresh coat of conditioner. Keeping a good finish on your bowl will make it much easier to clean and will preserve it for years to come.

Q: What makes a good salad bowl?
A: A salad bowl should meet certain criteria. A good salad bowl should be:
#1 The Proper Shape - This is subjective, but the goal is to keep the salad in the bowl while tossing, and be pleasing to the eye when on the table. I will admit, form comes before function with some designs, but I have to offer designs people want. Again, shape (design) is subjective.
#2 The Correct Size - The bowl needs to hold the volume of salad needed without overflowing or looking empty. I have found 10" to12" diameter bowls suit most people's needs serving about 10. Natural edge salad bowls may need to be slightly larger to provide this.
#3 Stable - A salad bowl should stay in place while tossing. If it does get tipped, it should right itself by design to avoid spilling the entire contents. Some natural designs may bend this rule a bit. (See #1)
#4 Free of Voids and Inclusions - In my opinion, bowls with bark rims, open knots or other voids are generally not suitable for salad bowls. There are too many places for food particles to hide. And trapped food particles can mean bacteria.
#5 Treated with a food safe finish - It is generally agreed that all finishes are considered food safe once they have cured. However, I have chosen to use only finishes that are 100% food safe when cured or uncured. Food grade oils are my favorite. I offer two types of food safe wood conditioners. A mineral oil / bees wax blend and a walnut oil / beeswax blend. These oil / beeswax blends penetrate the wood and help keep the bowl well seasoned. The walnut oil blend is my favorite because it dries hard within the wood fibers and is a more durable, longer lasting oil. All bowls that get used and washed will need maintenance at some point. That's why I love using oils. They are super easy to use at home, and most of all, they work great!
You may have noticed I didn't mention roundness as part of the salad bowl criteria. That's because perfect roundness can never be 100% guaranteed. A wooden salad bowl is made from...wood. Yes, wood. And we all know that wood might move a tiny bit. Therefore perfect roundness cannot be a factor.

Q: How often should I recondition my bowl?
A: When it needs it. (Or before) Really, that's the answer. How often you use your bowl, how it is cleaned, dried and stored are all factors. When (or just before) your bowl starts looking a little dry, condition it. This will be more often at first, and less often as time goes on. Conditioning after each use for the first month, then after every other use in the following months is a good way to get started.

Decorative and Art Bowls
Whether a bowl is considered decoration, art, or utility is the decision of the owner. However, bowls with natural edges, knots and other natural inclusions are normally considered decoration or art. For example, while the bark on a natural edge is solid and stable, it can not withstand the repeated cleaning that a utility bowl must endure. Finishes on decorative bowls may include: polyurethane, boiled linseed oil, danish oil, lacquer, as well as other surface varnishes. Wax may have been used as a top coat. The sticker that came with your bowl indicates what finish was used.

Decorative bowls require very little attention. Just wipe clean with a soft cloth, being particularly careful not to damage the fragile bark on natural edge bowls.
Like all fine wood furnishings, avoid direct sunlight or exposure to sudden changes in temperature and humidity.

Q: What does handcrafted from a "reclaimed log" mean?
A: For my purposes, a reclaimed log refers to logs that I use to make my bowls. This wood is from trees that have been removed due to storm damage, development, or safety concerns. I am saving it from the landfill or biomass chipper. It is simply making good use of a wonderful, natural resource.