A tree-cutter was cutting down a neighbor's birch, and asked to borrow a logging rope. When he returned it, he asked what he owed me. Sticking out from his pickup bed was a piece of birch that was going to become firewood, and I told him that all I wanted was that piece. The wood turned out to have spots of "fire" in the wood. The bowl is 6.25" - to 7.25" across, 4" high, and about 1/4" thick, with the paper birchbark retained on the edge. It's finished with an oil/resin finish. $95 SOLD (Similar ones available)
This bowl is one of three turned from a huge basswood burl I bought from a logger south of Brainerd. The wood has the character of many burls -- gaps and holes and nice chatoyance in the white wood. It measures about 9.5 inches across, 3.25 inches high, and 1/2 inch thick. It's finished with several coats of tung oil and a final beeswax/oil finish. SOLD $110
A large storm ripped through Brainerd in July of 2015, knocking down hundreds of thousands of trees. A couple hundred of those trees were on my 40 acres of hunting land in west Baxter. One tree was an old wild cherry tree, large for a wild cherry at about 10" diameter. I turned as many bowls as I could before the bark started to separate. It measures about 7" across, 3.2" high, and about 1/4" thick. It retains some of the lichens growing on the bark. Like all cherry, the brownish wood will continue to darken to a deep blood red over the next year or so. $95 SOLD (similar ones available)
I almost threw this piece into the burn pile while I was turning it. The dried old maple burl had so many cracks that I didn't know if it'd stay together on the lathe. With plenty of cyanoacrylate glue to stabilize the cracks, it survived and turned into a unique, character-laden bowl. It's about 8" wide and 2.5" high, and 1/4' - 3/8" thick. Finished with an oil/resin finish, it's should last a lifetime. $95 SOLD.
I cut a load of downed (and partially decomposed) black walnut from my wife's family farm in Iowa during a family reunion. After making numerous plain twice-turned bowls for family, I wanted to do something different. This bowl has a recess turned in the outside perimeter, in which I painstakingly wound many layers of fine cotton fiber from Sally's stash. It measures 9.25" around, 2.5" high, and about 3/8" thick. It's finished with several coats of an oil/resin finish. SOLD $110
This twice-turned bowl is dramatic in size, as it measures 13 inches across and 4.25 inches high, but is only 3/8" or less thick. A neighbor had cut down a very old white birch, and before he turned it into firewood, I traded some beer for a couple of the biggest logs. It's finished with several coats of tung oil and a final beeswax/oil finish. $125 SOLD.Type your paragraph here.