Prairie's End Woodcrafts
Lloyd E. Stahl (281) 392-5336


Gallery of Turned Bowls

While the bowls included in this gallery are generally attractive and interesting to look at - they are not intended just to sit on a shelf or table and pretend to be just a “work of art”. If that is what you seek, you should look elsewhere (starting with my Gallery of Artistic Vessels). These bowls are also intended to serve some utilitarian function. That function is not predetermined – it could range from the long-term centerpiece of a dried floral arrangement, daily use as a fruit, candy or nut bowl, or even everyday use in food service.

If you like the woods I'm using in these bowls, you can find similar woods for sale on our companion website, TexasWoodcrafts.net.



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Texas Ebony Natural-Edge bowl 12-1

This is a very graceful, natural-edge bowl turned from exotic Texas Ebony. The dark chocolate brown color is the Ebony heartwood, topped by a wide band of golden brown Ebony sapwood, all capped by a completely intact Ebony bark rim. The walls are very thin and slightly recurved inward on the ends to form a hint of a semi-spherical form.

This bowl is 6 inches long by 5-3/4 inches wide, and 3 inches high at the ends. It was carefully sanded and sealed with Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a high gloss finish. The resulting surface is a very nice soft, glossy shine.

Texas Ebony Natural-Edge bowl 12-1 $90.00




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"Exotic" Texas Ebony bowl 12-2

This is a beautiful small bowl turned from a "unique" piece of Texas Ebony. As you might see from my other Texas Ebony bowls, the color of most of our Texas Ebony heartwood is very dark brown to almost black. In some cases that dark brown heartwood includes narrow to occasionally broad, intergrain stripes of lighter brown in a swirling, "coffee cream" pattern. In this case, I found a small tree that yielded heartwood that is mostly a golden, light-brown color with narrow, darker-brown stripes that form a complex and beautiful pattern. These darker stripes occasionally cross the existing grain pattern suggesting that they are of some type of spalting origin. Regardless, this Texas Ebony wood is beautiful and quite "exotic".

So, this pretty little bowl is composed mainly of my "exotic" Texas Ebony heartwood but includes a large patch of golden yellow sapwood on one side. That sapwood includes some light gray shading, also related to mild spalting. That complexly-grained heartwood also includes a small patch of burly buds that are visible on both the inside and outside (middle and bottom photos).

I recurved the upper portion of this bowl inward to create a semi-closed form and then carved a wide, concave outer rim to give it something of a Indian "pottery-vase" appearance. With a upper wall thickness of 1/8 inch, the overall form of this bowl appears to be delicate but the lower walls are thicker and it is quite sturdy.

The approximately dimensions are a diameter of 5 inches and a height of 2-3/4 inches. In finishing, it was well sanded, sealed with Danish oil and then waxed and buffed to a high gloss.


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"Exotic" Texas Ebony bowl 12-2 $125.00




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Texas Ebony bowl 12-3

This is a very nice medium-size bowl turned from Texas Ebony. It is primarily a dark chocolate brown heartwood but with a large and light brown to golden yellow sapwood side and bottom, along with two prominent patches of dark brown bark. Similar to the heartwood (and to a lesser extent, the sapwood), that bark polished-up very well. The sapwood base includes some light gray shading related to mild spalting.

In this bowl, I also wanted something of an American Indian "pottery-vase" appearance, so I recurved the upper portion of the bowl inward to create a semi-closed form and then carved a wide, concave outer rim. In addition to the eye-catching patches of bark, here are several eye-catching character features that go along with the "old Indian pottery" appearance. There are two areas of light-gray, slightly rough wood on the rim that suggest age (it is an old piece of Ebony after all) and a number of small to large, and frass-filled to open borer holes (old borers, now long gone) adjacent to and within/below the two patches of bark. All and all, an interesting "old Indian" appearance.

The overall dimensions are a diameter of 6-1/2 inches and a height of 3 inches. It was carefully sanded to 600 grit, sealed with Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a high gloss finish. The resulting surface is almost glassy-smooth.


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Texas Ebony bowl 12-3 $80.00


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"Burly" Mesquite Bowl 12-4

This is a very pretty and graceful bowl turned from a piece of moderately burly Texas Honey Mesquite. The grain is a symmetrical, flowing pattern of complex, micro-undulating, burly annual rings and crossed by a number of ray flecks. The color is the classic rich reddish-brown of Texas Mesquite - darker closer to the pith (the linear grain pattern on opposite sides) and lighter in a wide, more burly band in-between.

It is approximately 8-1/2 inches wide and 2-3/4 inches high. The sides sweep gracefully up and out from a small ring base with the upper rim thinned to ~1/4" and carved to a gently, outward-facing concave surface. (Again, I am in somewhat of an "Indian pottery-vase" mood this year!) The surface has been well sanded and finished in natural Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a nice soft gloss. The bottom is signed and dated by the "artist" (yep - that's me).

"Burly" Mesquite Bowl 12-4 $125.00


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Mesquite Bowl 12-5

This is a small basic salad-bowl turned from Texas Honey Mesquite. The grain is an attractive, strong and smoothly flowing pattern crossed by a scattering of small ray flecks. The color is the classic rich reddish-brown of Texas Mesquite.

The bowl is 6 inches wide and just over 2 inches high, with a wall thickness of approximately 1/4 inch. It has been well sanded, treated in natural Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a nice soft satin finish.


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Mesquite Bowl 12-5 $35.00


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Slippery Elm Bowl 12-6

This is a small, delicate bowl that flares very gracefully up from a small pedestal base. It was turned from soft golden brown Texas Slippery Elm and is approximately 6 inches wide and 2-1/2 inches high with very thin walls. I consider it suitable for a candy or nut bowl.

It was turned from an older piece of Slippery Elm and does have two small, thin cracks that were present in the original wood (and visible on the photos). These were reinforced before turning and are quite stable. This bowl has been well sanded and finished in natural Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a nice soft gloss.

Slippery Elm Bowl 12-6 $35.00


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Bodark Bowl 11-7

This is a small bowl turned from Texas "Bodark" (also known as Osage Orange, Bois d'Arc, Horse Apple or Hedge Apple to non-Texans). The color is the typical light golden brown of fresh Bodark heartwood. This color will turn to a beautiful dark, golden brown with time and exposure to sunlight. This is a pretty little bowl.

The bowl is 5 inches wide and just over 3 inches high. It was well sanded, finished with Danish Oil, and then waxed and buffed to a beautiful shine.


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Bodark Bowl 11-7 $40.00


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Black Walnut Bowl 10-4

This is a very nice small bowl turned from Texas-grown Black Walnut. It has a graceful shape with a gentle outward roll to the inside rim. The grain pattern is strong and almost iridescent in areas.

It is approximately 5-1/2 inches wide and 2-3/4 inches high, and rests on a flat base with a delicate grooved ring. Finishing included sanding to 600 grit, a long soak in Danish oil and buffing and waxing to a brilliant shine.

Black Walnut Bowl 10-4 $75.00


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Bodark Bowl 10-5

This is a very nice medium sized bowl turned from Texas Bodark (Bois d'arc, Osage Orange, Horse Apple or Hedge Apple to non-Texans). It is a fairly low-profile bowl with an undercut inside rim and a gently concave lip. I think that the form is quite nice.

The present color is basically the light golden brown of newly turned Bodark. With time and ultraviolet light, this color will turn to a rich, dark golden brown. If you look carefully you will see several faint, black lines on both the inside and outside. These are thin and tight, black-stained terminal-end remains of old cracks that were present in the nearby wood, and that were removed during turning. They are quit e sound.

The bowl is 7-1/2 inches wide and just under 2-3/4 inches high. It was well sanded, finished with Danish Oil and waxed and buffed to a beautiful, medium-gloss shine.


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Bodark Bowl 10-5 $85.00


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"Burly" Mesquite Bowl 10-6

This is an absolutely beautiful, large and graceful bowl turned from a piece of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. The grain is a symmetrical, flowing pattern of complex, micro-undulating, burly annual rings and crossed by numerous ray flecks. The colors are the classic rich reddish-brown of Texas Mesquite - darker closer to the pith (the tighter grain pattern on opposite sides) and lighter in a wide band in-between. There is a gentle pattern of chatoyance throughout. I think that this bowl is gorgeous!

It is approximately 10-1/2 inches wide and 3-1/4 inches high. The sides are relatively thick and solid and sweep gracefully up and out from a small ring base. The upper rim has been craved to a gentle cupped surface. The surface has been well sanded and finished in natural Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a nice soft gloss. The bottom is signed and dated by the "artist" (yep - that's me).


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"Burly" Mesquite Bowl 10-6 $195.00


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Spalted Sycamore bowl 10-1

This is a strikingly beautiful bowl turned from heavily spalted American Sycamore. That dramatic grain-crossing pattern on the inside and outside is known as "pencil-line spalting. In some wood, Sycamore being one of those, the pattern of spalting can be striking, and if captured at the right stage of spalting, the wood is still sound enough to be used in woodworking (such as my wood turning). The colors are very light to dark browns with the various shades of brown generally bounded by black "pencil-line spalting.

At 11 inches wide and 3-1/2 inches high, it has a simple bowl form with relatively thin walls, a shallow cupped rim and a small, delicate beaded rim foot. The bowl blank came from close to a crotch in the tree and that wide black stripe on one side is a tight, bark-lined crotch gap. In addition, I left a prominent patch of natural bark on the outside that is matched on the inside by the inner portion of bark. That bark has been well reinforced prior to turning and is quite sound - and very attractive.

The bowl was hand sanded to 600 grit, sealed with Danish Oil and then buffed and waxed to a nice soft shine.

Spalted Sycamore bowl 10-1
Spalted Sycamore bowl 10-1 $140.00


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Texas Ebony Natural-Edge bowl 08-1

This is a very graceful, natural-edge bowl turned from exotic Texas Ebony. The dark chocolate brown color is the Ebony heartwood, the light brown to yellow below the rim is the Ebony sapwood. The walls are very thin and recurved inward on the ends to form a semi-spherical form.

The blank that I turned this bowl from was an older and slightly "buggy" piece of Ebony and the natural-edge rim is underlain by two eye-catching, open beetle holes on one side. Also, while the pith was removed from the blank before the bowl was turned, several thin, tight and almost invisible pith-related radial cracks are present in the bottom. This bowl is approximately 4 inches high, with a slightly oval mouth approximately 6-1/2 by 6 inches wide. It was carefully sanded and sealed with Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a high gloss finish. The resulting surface is almost glassy-smooth.

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Texas Ebony Natural-Edge bowl 08-1 $90.00


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Texas Ebony bowl 10-2

This is a very nice small bowl turned from exotic Texas Ebony. It is an approximate 60/40 combination of dark chocolate brown heartwood and light brown to yellow sapwood. The sapwood is lightly spalted with light gray bands and shading throughout.

This bowl is just over 2-1/2 inches high and 5-3/8 wide. The walls are gently recurved inward and the rim is a shallow concave surface. It was carefully sanded and sealed with Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a high gloss finish. The resulting surface is almost glassy-smooth.

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Texas Ebony Natural-Edge bowl 10-2 $90.00


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Texas Ebony bowl 10-3

This is a very nice medium-size bowl turned from our exotic Texas Ebony. It is an approximate 60/40 combination of dark chocolate brown heartwood and light brown to yellow sapwood. I deliberately left a large patch of Ebony bark on one side as a "character" feature. That bark polished-up very well and makes an interesting, eye-catching feature.

The bowl is 7-1/2 inches wide and 2-1/4 inches high. At 1/2 inch, the walls are relatively thick and curve gently inward toward the top. The rim is a shallow concave surface. The bowl was carefully sanded to 1000 grit, sealed with Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a high gloss finish. The resulting surface is almost glassy-smooth.


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Texas Ebony bowl 10-3 $90.00


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Osage Orange/Texas Ebony Bowl 08-1

This is a very nice medium sized bowl turned from Texas Bodark (Osage Orange, Bois d'Arc, Horse Apple or Hedge Apple to non-Texans) with a large piece of Texas Ebony in the bottom. The initial form was a low-profile bowl with a deeply undercut, but flat-topped rim. I cut a narrow groove in that flattop rim and filled it with coal black epoxy to make a distinctive ring around the bowl. I thought that it turned-out quite nice.

However, after further consideration I decided that something else was needed so I elected to inlay a large "button" of Texas Ebony in the bottom. As you can see from the lower photo, that "button" extends all the way thru the bowl and is part of that beaded bottom. The combination of colors in this bowl now range from the light golden brown of the Bodark (with a bit of very light brown sapwood on the outside), through the very dark brown (almost black) of the Ebony, to the coal black of the epoxy ring. I am pretty happy with this one.

The bowl is 7-1/2 inches wide and just under 2-1/4 inches high. It was well sanded, finished with Danish Oil and waxed and buffed to a beautiful, glossy shine.

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Osage Orange/Texas Ebony Bowl 08-1 $85.00


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Mesquite Bowl 08-1

This is a beautiful large and graceful bowl in Texas Honey Mesquite. It was turned from an old piece of Mesquite crotch wood and exhibits almost all of Mesquite's common "flaws" or "character features". These include ring and radial cracks, bark inclusions and a bark-lined crotch gap, heavy spalting, sapwood inclusions, borer holes and one feature that I have yet to identify! This was a very mature tree in the last stages of its life when I removed ahead of a planned residential development.

It is 13 inches wide and 7-1/4 inches high. At approximately 3/8 inch thick, the sides are quite delicate appearing. The sides flare sharply out from a narrow pedestal base and then turn gracefully inward at the top.

The larger cracks and open fissure were carefully reinforced and filled with coal black epoxy. Areas of "gnarly" and irregular Mesquite bark, as well as several open borer holes were also carefully filled with black epoxy and later sanded and finished to the same level as the adjacent Mesquite surface. The contrast between the coal-black epoxy, dark brown of Mesquite bark and rich red-browns of the Mesquite heartwood is very attractive.

The primary colors are the strong red-brown of Mesquite heartwood, the bright yellow of the sapwood, and the coal black of the epoxy fill. One patch of darker brown shading below the rim on one side marks an area of spalting and chemical stain of the wood. All of these Mesquite "character features" come together to make a very nice bowl.

It has been well sanded and finished in natural Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a nice soft gloss. The bottom is signed and dated by the "artist" (yep - that's me).

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Mesquite Bowl 08-1 $525.00


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Osage Orange Bowl 08-2

This is a medium sized bowl with a deeply undercut rolled rim turned from Texas "Bodark" (also known as Osage Orange, Bois d'Arc, Horse Apple or Hedge Apple to non-Texans). The color is the typical light golden brown of fresh Bodark heartwood. This will turn to a dark, golden brown with time and exposure to sunlight. I deliberately left two areas or sapwood and bark on the outside - they make interesting and eye-catching additions to the overall form. This is a pretty little bowl.

The bowl is 6-1/2 inches wide and just under 3 inches high. It was well sanded, finished with Danish Oil and waxed and buffed to a beautiful shine.

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Osage Orange Bowl 08-2 $50.00


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Spalted Sycamore bowl 08-1

This is a strikingly beautiful bowl turned from spalted American Sycamore. That dramatic grain-crossing pattern on the inside and outside is known as "pencil-line spalting. Spalting itself is the beginning of decay of wood after a tree dies. In some wood, Sycamore being one of those, the pattern of this decay can be striking, and if captured at the right stage of spalting, the wood is still sound enough to be used in woodworking (such as my wood turning).

At 9 inches wide and 3-1/2 inches high, it has a simple bowl form with a shallow cupped rim and rests on a small, delicate beaded rim. The colors are very light to dark browns with the various shades of brown generally bounded by black "pencil-line spalting.

The bowl was hand sanded to 400 grit, sealed with Danish Oil and then buffed and waxed to a soft shine.

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Spalted Sycamore bowl 08-1 $135.00


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Purple Heart Cedar Bowl 08-1

This is a small, very delicate bowl turned from Purple Heart Cedar. Purple Heart is a locally-named (central and north Texas) variety of Aromatic Eastern red Cedar that exhibits a strong, colorful purple-colored heartwood. The colors are absolutely beautiful when freshly cut or turned, but unfortunately - will fade to typical Cedar reddish-brown in days after exposure to air and light. I do manage to extend this bright color for quite awhile with my lacquer finish, and it is best kept out of strong sunlight, but I am afraid that it will not stay forever as bright as you see in these photos.

The overall size is 7 inches wide and 2 inches high, with a wall thickness of approximately 1/8 inch. The rim is a compound surface with a concave outer rim and a flat top, that is deeply undercut to the very thin sides - something of a Indian vase form. The combination of thin turning and Cedar wood result in a delicate feather-light bowl.

The piece from which this bowl was turned was a Cedar crotch and a very nice "flame figure" is present in the bottom. Several small, prominent (but tight) knots are also present in the sides. These are all interesting character features typical of Cedar.

This piece was hand sanded to a very smooth surface and then sealed and finished with lacquer. Despite the sealing finish, it still exhibits that wonderful, aromatic Cedar scent. This is a mighty pretty little bowl.

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Purple Heart Cedar Bowl 08-1 $75.00




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Small Cedar Bowl 07-1

This is a small, delicate bowl turned from a piece of Aromatic Eastern red Cedar. While delicate appearing, with a wall thickness between approximately 1/8 inch, it is really quite sturdy. The overall size is just over 5 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high. I recurved the upper lip inward to give it something of a Indian vase form.

The color of the bowl is the very salmon to dark brown typical of Cedar. Two prominent but tight knots are present in the sides, one of which is associated with a relatively large branch which pierces the side at a low angle (top photo). In addition, several small tight knots associated with small juvenile branches are are present in the sides. These are all quite interesting character features typical of Cedar.

The bowl is hand sanded, sealed with Danish oil and then waxed and buffed to a moderately high gloss.

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Small Cedar Bowl 07-1 $55.00




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Mesquite Bowl 07-4

This is a small graceful Mesquite bowl. The sides are very thin (~1/8") with compound curves that end in a delicate, upturned lip.

The colors are the dark reddish brown of mesquite heartwood with a small curved area of darker brown spalted mesquite in the lower side and bottom. The spalting is associated with a small, old radial crack that was in the wood when the tree was living. I reinforced this crack with CA glue when turning and it is tight and quite stable.

This bowl is 7 inches wide and 2-7/8 inches high. It is finished in a natural Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a soft shine.

Mesquite Bowl 07-4 $45.00


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Slippery Elm Bowl 07-1

This is a beautiful large and graceful shallow bowl turned from a piece of Texas Slippery Elm. The wood of this bowl was from cut from a crotch that included a large partially open barky gap between the two diverging limbs. The open portion of the gap was reinforced and filled with a coppery epoxy. The resulting dark brown and somewhat "brassy" look is very attractive against the soft, light browns of the Elm.

The bowl is approximately 10-1/2 inches wide and 2 inches high. The outer sides sweep gracefully up and out from a low beaded-ring base. The parallel inner sides recurve gently in the upper portion, and end in a wide, gently concave rim. As with most of my work, it has been well sanded and finished in natural Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a nice soft gloss. The bottom is signed and dated by the "artist" (yep - that's me).

Slippery Elm Bowl 07-1 $135.00


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Mesquite Bowl 07-5

This is a very nice bowl turned from a crotch portion of Texas Honey Mesquite. It has a graceful and delicate overall shape with quite thin and tapered walls that end in a sharply flaring rim. The grain swirls tightly around the three included pith areas of the crotch. A large area of iridescent, curly grain is present in the upper portion of one side.

Several thin radial and ring cracks, natural growth features in Mesquite, were present in the wood when turning. These were reinforced with glue during turning and filled with a coppery-colored epoxy. The final brassy color is very attractive against the strong honey-brown color of the Mesquite heartwood. These ancient cracks are quite sound and add to the unique beauty of the Mesquite.

This bowl is approximately 11 inches wide and 4.5 inches high, and rests on a delicate beaded-ring base. Finishing included sanding to 600 grit, a long soak in Danish oil and buffing and waxing to a soft, satin shine.

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Mesquite Bowl 07-5 $125.00


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Sycamore Bowl 07-1

This is a beautiful, medium sized pedestal bowl in American Sycamore. The sides flare out boldly from the graceful foot or pedestal and then recurve inward to form a flattened top around the mouth of the bowl. The shape of the inside conforms well to the graceful outside.

The Sycamore grain is a graceful flowing pattern. Classic Sycamore ray flecks are prominent in the upper portion of the bowl where the grain intersects the flattened top surface at a quarter-sawn angle.

The bowl is 7 inches wide and 4-1/2 inches tall and rests on a conical pedestal base approximately 2-1/2 inches wide. With relatively thin (1/4 inch) walls, this bowl is quite light for its size. Finishing inside and out included sanding to 600 grit, sealing with multiple coats of Danish Oil, and finally buffing and waxing to a soft, smooth shine.

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Sycamore Bowl 07-1 $90.00


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Large Green Ash Bowl 07-1

This is a very large bowl turned from a crotch portion of a Texas Green Ash tree. It is just under 13 inches wide and 4 inches high. The grain forms a very nice swirling pattern around the "bull-eye" centers of the two diverging limbs of the crotch. Three large areas of beautiful "curly grain" figure are present in the sides of the bowl. A prominent barky gap was present between the two diverging limbs when I roughed-out this bowl. I chose to fill this gap with black epoxy when doing the finish-turning. This coal-black epoxy forms a very nice contrast with the soft golden brown colors of the Ash heartwood.

Finishing of this bowl included sanding to 600 grit, sealing with a natural Danish oil, then buffed and waxed to a soft satin shine. The bottom is signed and dated.

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Large Green Ash Bowl 07-1 $155.00


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Mesquite Bowl 07-1

This is a very nice large shallow bowl turned from Texas Honey Mesquite. It is approximately 13 inches wide and 3-1/4 inches high and exhibits a strong and attractive flowing grain pattern. This bowl rests on a prominent pedestal base; the sides flare-out sharply for that base and sweep gracefully up to the rim. The rim itself is wide and flat, making a form that is easy to pick up and handle.

The pith of the Mesquite tree is visible at the rim and upper side of the bowl. Small, tight radial and ring cracks are associated with the pith. These are not drying cracks (or "checks") but natural growth features typical of Mesquite. They were reinforced and filled with black epoxy during turning and are now quite stable. They form attractive and interesting Mesquite character features in this finished bowl.

The basic color of this bowl is the strong red-brown of Mesquite heartwood. On the inside it has one dark brown area of included bark surrounded by bright yellow sapwood. On the outside, the center of that same bark inclusion had a deep fissure that was filled with black epoxy during turning. Two patches of dark gray to black shading are present on the rim and upper sides. This darker color shading is due to spalting associated with the pith and adjacent epoxy-filled cracks. The contrast between the coal-black epoxy, dark gray spalting and the rich red-browns of the Mesquite heartwood is very attractive.

The bowl has been well sanded and finished in natural Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a soft satin shine. The bottom is signed and dated.

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Mesquite Bowl 07-1 $145.00


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"Burly" Mesquite Bowl 07-2

This is a beautiful large and graceful bowl turned from a piece of burly Texas Honey Mesquite. The wood of this bowl was from cut from close to the side of the Mesquite tree and includes two areas of yellow sapwood and dark brown bark on the rim and upper sides. Several large "burl buds" within a tightly swirling grain are also associated with the sapwood and bark areas.

One of the areas of Mesquite bark on the outside of the bowl was "gnarly" and irregular. Several deep fissures were present that required attention. These were carefully filled with black epoxy and later sanded and finished to the same level as the adjacent Mesquite bark and burly areas. The contrast between the coal-black epoxy, dark brown of Mesquite bark and rich red-browns of the Mesquite heartwood is very attractive.

The primary colors are the strong red-brown of Mesquite heartwood and bright yellow of the sapwood. Two patches of darker brown shading on the rim mark areas of spalting and chemical stain of the wood - this was a very mature burly tree in the last stages of its life when removed for future development.

The bowl is approximately 14 inches wide and 4 inches high. The sides are relatively thick and solid and sweep gracefully up and out from a low pedestal base. It has been well sanded and finished in natural Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a nice soft gloss. The bottom is signed and dated by the "artist" (yep - that's me).

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"Burly" Mesquite Bowl 07-2 $195.00


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Mesquite Bowl 07-3

This is another very nice large shallow Mesquite bowl. It was also turned from a "burly" Texas Honey Mesquite, although the burly character is not as strong as bowl 07-2 above. It includes two areas of yellow sapwood and dark brown bark on the rim and upper sides (most apparent on the outside of the bowl). Several small "burl buds" within a tightly swirling grain are present and most apparent on the outside, associated with one of the sapwood and bark areas.

It is approximately 13-1/4 inches wide and 3 inches high and exhibits a strong and attractive flowing grain pattern. The base is recessed and the sides curve gracefully up to the rim. The rim itself is flat but with a thick rounded bead on the outside, making a form that is easy to pick up and handle.

The pith of the Mesquite tree is visible at the rim and upper portion of the bowl on the side opposite the sapwood and bark areas. Very small and tight radial and ring cracks are associated with the pith. Again, these are not drying cracks (or "checks") but natural growth features typical of Mesquite. They were reinforced and filled with black epoxy (where necessary) during turning and are now quite stable. They form attractive and interesting Mesquite character features in this finished bowl.

The basic color of this bowl is the strong red-brown of Mesquite heartwood. It has been well sanded and finished in natural Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a satin gloss. The bottom is signed and dated.

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Mesquite Bowl 07-3 $145.00


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Osage Orange Bowl 05-5

This is a very nice, thin-wall bowl turned from a large piece of Texas Osage Orange (that's Bodark to you fellow Texans). It is just over 8 inches wide and 2.5 inches high and is a perfectly functional bowl (not just a "work of art").

It has a graceful overall shape with a narrow shallow-cupped and undercut rim. The grain is a very attractive, broad symmetrical pattern in golden brown heartwood for the most part and a large oval area of golden yellow sapwood. Two small areas of dark brown spalting, located at and just below the rim on one side, appear to be related to an old, juvenile branch and an associated crack. These are simply interesting natural features and do not compromise the integrity of the bowl.

Finishing included sanding to 600 grit, a long soak in Danish oil and buffing and waxing to a soft, satin shine.



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Osage Orange Bowl 05-5 $85.00


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Live Oak Bowl 07-1

This is an interesting bowl with strong and complex Live Oak grain patterns marked by several areas of "included" bark. It was turned from a large, compound crotch or fork (compound meaning several branches departing from the main trunk). Several barky crotch gaps were present in the blank; the irregular open spaces of these barky gaps were filled with black epoxy. These irregular stripes of shiny, coal-black epoxy form a very attractive contrast to be light and dark brown colors of the Oak.

At approximately 10-1/4 inches wide and 2-1/2 inches high, this bowl is medium sized with a broad, low and pleasing profile. While it has a relatively heavy base for stability on a small footprint, the inside shape closely matches the outside form with a relatively thin wall (approximately 1/4 inch). The base is an approximately 2-1/2 inch-wide flat foot, incised with two distinctive rings. This bowl was well sanded and finished with Danish Oil, and then waxed and buffed to a soft satin shine. The bottom is signed and dated by the "artist".



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Live Oak Bowl 07-1 $155.00


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Live Oak Bowl 06-6

This is a very nice shallow Live Oak bowl. It is just over 13 inches wide and 2 inches high. The interior bowl is approximately 9 inches wide and 1-3/4 inches deep. The rim is approximately 2 inch wide, relatively thin, and recurved, and defined by a thin bead at the outer edge. The colors are a very pleasant combination of soft browns within a complex and swirling Oak grain pattern.

During final turning of this bowl, several small and irregular open holes were encountered in one area of the upper side. I chose to fill these holes with bright brass filings to enhance their appearance (and to keep soup from dribbling-out). They form an interesting and eye-catching contrast to the soft brown colors of the Live Oak.

This bowl is finished in a natural Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a high gloss.



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Live Oak Bowl 06-6 $150.00


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Live Oak Fruit Bowl #06-1

This is a very large fruit bowl turned from a Texas Live Oak tree. It is 13.5 inches wide and just under 4.5 inches high.

I am very pleased with the way this bowl turned out. The grain pattern is basically symmetrical with a thick section of oak heartwood, a thinner, central section of sapwood, and a very thin margin of bark on two opposing edges. Up close, the heartwood exhibits a very irregular and ripply pattern of annual growth rings, which is typical of Live Oak. The grain pattern are very linear in the central area of sapwood and at the near-bark margins. This grain pattern is prominent and very attractive.

The overall color is a soft golden brown (the heartwood) on two sides, separated by an alternating pattern of light to dark browns (the sapwood) thru the central portion of the bowl.

I turned this bowl with a gently flaring outer rim, making it easy to grasp and lift when it is loaded with fruit or salad. It has been finished with a natural Danish oil, then buffed and waxed to a very nice glossy shine. The surface is almost sensually smooth.

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Live Oak Fruit Bowl 06-1 $180.00


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"Man o'War" Live Oak Bowl Number 06-4

This is a fascinating bowl with strong Live Oak grain patterns marked by several areas of "included" bark. The larger of these barky areas included an irregular open space within the bark which I filled with black epoxy during the initial turning. Once finished, this area of bark and black epoxy formed a unique, symmetrical pattern that strongly resembles the jellyfish-like Portuguese Man o'War! Thus the name and the additional close-up photo - that is one unique feature.

The bowl is medium sized with a broad, low and pleasing profile. The inside shape closely matches the outside form with quite a thin wall (approximately 3/16 inch). The color is a pleasant mixture of browns. It is approximately 10-1/4 inches wide and 2-1/2 inches high, with a crisp beaded ring as a foot. This bowl was well sanded and finished with Danish Oil, and then waxed and buffed to a soft satin shine. The bottom is signed and dated by the "artist".

"Man o'War" Live Oak Bowl Number 06-4 $125.00


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Mesquite Bowl 06-12

This is a very nice Honey Mesquite bowl with a relatively thin wall (just over 1/4 inch). The grain pattern is a swirling pattern of dark to golden-brown Mesquite colors. A delicate and very attractive pattern of grain-crossing growth lines are present on one side of the bowl. These represent an area of "tension wood" and are due to stress due to an adjacent limb when the tree was growing.

The swirling grain pattern is interrupted by one prominent, linear black band in the bottom and a radiating pattern of black bands on one side. These bands represent old radial cracks that formed in the tree during it's growth - old flaws in the wood that are common in, and characteristic of, Texas Honey Mesquite. They are presently stable; the wood is strong and will not crack further - these just give the bowl additional character! I chose to fill the linear portion of these cracks with coal-black epoxy, and the center "star" portion with bright brass filings to enhance their appearance (and keep soup from dribbling-out). They form an interesting and eye-catching contrast to the brown of the Mesquite.

The bowl is approximately 12 inches wide and 4 inches high. It is also finished in a natural Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a high gloss.

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Mesquite Bowl 06-12 $150.00



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Family of three nested Mesquite bowls #06-A

This is a beautiful set of three matching bowls turned from a single very large piece of Texas Honey Mesquite. This piece of Mesquite exhibits a large area of lovely and complex pattern of crossing and undulating linear elements often referred to as "quilted". In a polished, finished surface, this quilted pattern is almost iridescent.

The larger bowl is 13 inches wide and 4 inches high. The wall is relatively thin at approximately 1/2 inch thick. The rim is gently cupped with a slight outward slope.

The medium sized bowl is 10-1/2 inches wide and 2-1/2 inches high. The wall thickness is approximately 3/8 inches and the rim is also gently cupped.

The smaller bowl is just under 8-1/2 inches wide and just under 2 inches high. The rim on this small bowl is a wide (1-1/4 inch), broadly cupped and deeply undercut to overhang the inner surface of the bowl. The inside edge of the rim is rounded to from a crisp bead. The inside diameter of the bowl, rim-to-rim, is just under 6 inches.

Part of the beauty of these bowls is the matching character of the grain and other features that were present in the original Mesquite log and carries through into each bowl. The flowing, symmetrical pattern of the overall grain is consistent in each individual bowl. The beautiful quilted grain pattern is visible in large areas within each bowl. The "starburst" pattern of radial pith cracks (now stabilized and filled with coal-black epoxy) also carries through the entire set. The bowls can be rotated such that these features can be seen to align as they were originally oriented in the growing Honey Mesquite tree.

I am very pleased with the way these bowls turned out. They have been finished with a natural Danish oil, then buffed and waxed to a very nice glossy shine. The surface of each bowl is almost sensually smooth.

Family of three nested Mesquite bowls #06-A $640.00


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Mesquite Bowl 06-13

This is a lovely small and delicate pedestal bowl in Texas Honey Mesquite. The sides flare out sharply from the small, graceful pedestal foot. The pedestal foot itself flares out slightly to provide a firm base. The overall width of this bowl is 7 inches; the height is just over 3 inches. The wall thickness is a delicate-appearing, but sturdy 1/4 inch.

The Mesquite grain is a beautiful broadly swirling but symmetrical pattern of honey brown colors. A number of thin to relatively thick ring and radial cracks were present in the wood before turning. These features are part of the natural characteristics of Mesquite and formed during its growth (rather than as drying flaws after the tree was harvested). The wood was too attractive to be consigned to the burn pile (or barbecue pit in our case), so the cracks were filled with a mixture of glue and Mesquite sawdust, and the bowl turned to the piece you see in the accompanying photographs. I think that it turned out quite nicely.

Finishing inside and out included sanding to 600 grit, sealing with Danish oil and finally waxing and buffing to a soft, satin finish.



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Mesquite Bowl 06-13 $75.00


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Redbud Bowl 06-2

This is a large bowl turned from a portion of a Redbud tree. It is approximately 12-1/2 inches wide and 3 1/3 inches high, with a broad, low and pleasing profile. The inside shape closely matches the outside; at approximately 1/4 inch, the wall thickness is relatively thin for a bowl of this size. The color is a pleasant mixture of browns.

Two small radial cracks were present in the rim during turning. These were reinforced and filled with CA glue and black epoxy when turning. In addition, several small holes from old (and long gone) borers were present in the lower portion and also filled with black epoxy. The bottom was completed with a crisp beaded ring foot. This bowl was well sanded and finished with Danish Oil, and then waxed and buffed to a soft satin shine. The bottom is signed and dated by the "artist".

Redbud Bowl 06-2 $125.00


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Mahogany wing-foot bowl 06-6

This nifty bowl was turned from square block of Mahogany. The corners of the block were shaped into down-turned wings to form the feet that support the bowl. It is 7 1/4 inches square and 1 1/2 inches high, with an internal circular bowl that is approximately 6 inches in diameter and 1 1/4 inches deep.

The grain pattern of the Mahogany is basically linear and parallel with two sides of the bowl. However, the grain forms graceful curving patterns where it intersects the gently curved surfaces of the bowl. The colors are the rich red-brown of mahogany with a beautiful iridescent sparkle that appears to come from below the surface.

Finishing of this bowl included sanding to 1000 grit, sealing with a natural Danish oil, then buffing and waxing to a very high gloss. The surface is sensually smooth.

Mahogany wing-foot bowl 06-6 $85.00


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Live Oak Fruit Bowl 06-3

This is a relatively large fruit bowl turned from a Texas Live Oak tree. It is approximately 12-1/2 inches wide and just under 3.5 inches high. The grain patterns are dramatic and the colors are very pleasing shades of brown.

One of the most distinctive features of this bowl is a tapered black stripe from the bottom of the bowl through the rim. That stripe is a band of black epoxy filling a barky gap between the diverging limbs of the Live Oak crotch. This gap was filled with colored epoxy at the time of rough turning and "turned-out" (pun intended) to be striking and attractive.

I turned this bowl with a wide, flat and deeply undercut rim. The grain pattern is dominated by the two diverging branches, the pith of one of which is included in the side of the bowl. A series of subtle rays radiate out from the central portion of each limb. These are most distinctive on the outside of the bowl and below the rim on the inside. The grain pattern are very smooth and linear in the remaining portions of the bowl.

The bowl was carefully and thoroughly sanded and finished with natural Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a very nice glossy shine. The surface is almost sensually smooth. It has been signed and dated by the artist (yes, that's me).

Live Oak Fruit Bowl 06-3 $165.00


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Mesquite Bowl 06-2

This is a beautiful large pedestal bowl in Honey Mesquite. The sides flare out boldly from the graceful foot or pedestal and the shape of the inside conforms well to the graceful outside. With a width of 11 inches and depth of 4 inches, this bowl would serve well as a very fancy salad bowl.

The Mesquite grain is a beautiful tight and swirling pattern in light to dark honey brown colors. Numerous short and narrow, light brown "rays" cross-cut the grain in several areas to form a very nice "shooting star" pattern. One very thin healed crack cuts across the grain in the upper portion of the bowl. This was present in the wood when harvested and turned, was reinforced with glue during turning, and is quite stable. One very small, infilled bug hole is present in the bottom of the foot. All of these features are characteristic of Texas Mesquite.

The pedestal base approximately 5 inches wide, making the bowl very stable for ordinary (or extraordinary) use. The walls are relatively thin, at just over 1/4 inch, making the bowl relatively light for its size. Finishing inside and out included sanding to 600 grit, sealing with multiple coats of polyurethane, and finally waxing and buffing to a moderate gloss.

Mesquite Bowl 06-2 $175.00


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Small Black Cherry Bowl 06-1

This is a small, delicate bowl turned from a piece of Black Cherry. While delicate appearing with a wall thickness of ~1/16 inch, it is really quite sturdy. The overall size is 4 3/4 inches by 1 1/2 inches high. I turned a narrow and shallow groove just below the inside lip, to set off and define that thin rim.

The color of the bowl is the very light to pinkish brown typical of fresh Black Cherry. It should turn to more of a reddish/cherry brown with age and handling (the "patina").

The bowl is hand sanded, sealed with Danish oil and then waxed and buffed to a moderately high gloss.



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Black Cherry Bowl 06-1 $35.00




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Maple wing-foot bowl 06-6

This gorgeous bowl was turned from thick, square block of lightly-spalted Maple. The corners of the block were shaped into down-turned wings to form the feet that support the bowl. It is a large bowl, with an overall size of 11 inches square and 2 inches high. The internal circular bowl is approximately 9 inches in diameter and 1 1/2 inches deep.

The grain pattern of the Maple is basically linear and parallel with two sides of the bowl. However, the grain forms graceful curving patterns where it intersects the gently curved surfaces of the bowl. The colors are a nice soft brown with diffuse bands of grey and thin streaks of orange-brown and dark brown, all related to the delicate spalting of the wood.

Finishing of this bowl included sanding to 1000 grit, sealing with a natural Danish oil, then buffing and waxing to a very high gloss.



Maple wing-foot bowl 06-6 $125.00


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Mesquite Bowl #05-21

This is another shallow bowl or dish in Texas Honey Mesquite. It also has a small base that flares out sharply into the shallow body of the bowl. The walls are moderately thick and end with a cupped rim. It would make also a nice dish to hold hard candy. The grain is broadly oval around a pair of tight knots on one edge of the bottom. The color is the typical red-brown of Mesquite heartwood, but it also contains a band of black staining along and adjacent to an old crack which crosses the bottom of the bowl. This is an old, now-healed crack, in the Mesquite tree when growing and now quite stable - another Mesquite "character feature".

The bowl is approximately 8.5 inches wide and 1.8 inches high, with a base approximately 2.5 inches across. It is also finished in a natural Danish oil and buffed and waxed to a smooth, satiny gloss.

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Mesquite Bowl #05-21 $38.00


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Mesquite Bowl #05-27

This is a medium sized bowl with moderately thick walls and a deeply undercut rolled rim. The color is the typical strong red-brown of Mesquite heartwood. A sparkely pattern of small "rays" cross the Mesquite grain and are visible inside and out.

One small tight knot is present on one side and a band of very thin, healed and black-stained checks extends across a portion of the inner wall. These checks are typical of the natural growth pattern of Mesquite and are quite stable. They were present when the wood was turned and have not changed since.

The bowl is approximately 6 inches wide and 2.5 inches high. It was well sanded, finished with Danish Oil and waxed and buffed to a beautiful shine.

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Mesquite Bowl 05-27 $50.00


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Mesquite Bowl 06-5

This is another thin-wall bowl in spalted Texas Honey Mesquite. It has a very small base that flares out sharply into a shallow thin-walled bowl. The shape of the inside faithfully follows the outside form. This bowl would do well as an attractive candy bowl or to hold a dried flower arrangement.

The grain is the usual tight and swirling pattern common in Mesquite heartwood, in a soft honey brown color. A patch of yellow-sapwood and an enclosed, even smaller patch of remaining bark is present on one side of the rim. This bowl is marked by several small, thin, dark-stained "checks" or cracks in sides, two of which are quite prominent. These checks were in the Mesquite when growing and are stable (to be sure, they were reinforced with glue when turned); they add to the natural character of the piece.

The bowl is approximately 7 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high, with a base approximately 2 1/4 inches across. It is also finished in a natural Danish oil and buffed and waxed to a smooth, satiny gloss.

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Mesquite Bowl 06-5 $45.00


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Black Cherry Fruitbowl 05-7

This is a very nice medium-sized fruit bowl turned from Black Cherry with a white Maple base. It is approximately 10 inches wide and 2.7 inches high with a wide, cupped and undercut rim. It has a complex grain pattern in a soft reddish brown colors.

The bowl is finished in a natural Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a soft satin sheen.

Black Cherry Fruitbowl 05-7 $125.00


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Osage Orange (?) Bowl

This is a very nice, thin-wall bowl turned from a large piece of wood that appears to be Osage Orange (that's Bodark to you fellow Texans). I did not harvest the tree but recovered the cut-up trunk from the trash pile following Hurricane Rita. I initially thought it was Osage Orange due to its strong yellow color, but I am now unsure since it does not have the very dominant grain pattern common in Texas Bodarks. But regardless, it turned out (pun intended) to be a very nice bowl.

This vessel is approximately 8 inches wide and 2.5 inches high and is a perfectly functional bowl (not just a "work of art"). lt has a graceful overall shape with a narrow shallow-cupped rim. The grain is a very attractive, broad symmetrical pattern in golden yellow colors. An area of thin but tight bark inclusion is present at and below the rim on one side. Finishing included sanding to 600 grit and sealing with multiple coats of food-safe polyurethane.

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Osage Orange (?) Bowl $75.00


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Black Cherry Bowl #05-1

This is a very nice bowl turned from a Black Cherry tree. It is a delicate, thin-walled vessel just over 5.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches high. The colors are very light to dark browns in a swirling grain pattern.

The bowl is hand sanded, sealed with Minwax 209 and then waxed and buffed to a high gloss.

Black Cherry Bowl #05-1 $39.00


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Chinese Elm #05-1

This is an excellent bowl turned from a Chinese Elm. It has a gracefull vessel with an in-turned rim. It is just under 6 inches wide and 2 inches high. The colors are very light to dark browns with the darker brown heartwood crossing the bottom of the bowl in an "hourglass" pattern. The center of the limb, the pith, is marked by very dark brown/black star-like features.

The bowl is hand sanded, sealed with Minwax 209 and then waxed and buffed to a moderate gloss.



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Chinese Elm #05-1 $44.00


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Black Cherry Bowl #05-2

This is another nice bowl turned from a Black Cherry tree. lt has graceful overall shape with a narrow shallow-cupped rim and colors of very light to dark browns in a swirling grain pattern. The size is 6 inches wide and just under 2 inches high.

The bowl is hand sanded, sealed with Minwax 209 and then waxed and buffed to a high gloss.

Black Cherry Bowl #05-2 $49.00


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Chinese Elm #05-2

This is another excellent bowl turned from a Chinese Elm. In this case, it has an outward flaring rim. It is approximately 6.5 inches wide and just over 2 inches high. The colors are very light browns of the Elm sapwood to dark browns in the heartwood, with a strong swirling grain pattern.

The bowl is hand sanded, sealed with Minwax 209 and then waxed and buffed to a moderate gloss.



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Chinese Elm #05-2 $47.00


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Crepe Myrtle Bowl #05-2

This is an attractive small bowl turned from a portion of a large Crepe Myrtle tree. It is a delicate, thin-walled vessel approximately 4.5 inches wide and 2 inches high. The color is a very light beige colors with a faint but swirling grain pattern. A crisp black-burnished groove is incised around the lip.

The bowl is hand sanded, finished in a natural Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a high gloss.



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Crepe Myrtle Bowl #05-2 $32.00


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Sycamore Bowl 05-3

This is a another nice bowl turned from the same spalted Sycamore log as Sycamore Bowl 05-2 above. lt has a graceful, flaring high-sided shape with very thin walls. The colors are an attractive light to golden brown color with areas of darker browns associated with spalting around the core of the original log. It is a bit of a character bowl in that it was turned green and allowed to deform slightly as it dried - thus it exhibits gently warped sides and rim.

This bowl is just under 8 inches wide and 4 inches high. It was finished by sanding to 600 grit, sealing with multiple coats of Dainish oil and buffing to a soft warm shine.



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Sycamore Bowl 05-3 $70.00


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Maple Bowl 06-1

This is a very nice, thin-wall bowl turned from a piece of hard Maple. The grain is a beautiful swirling pattern of light and dark brown colors with an almost iridescent pattern of crossing ray flecks which are intermittently visible as you rotate the bowl in a strong light.

The size is approximately 5 1/4 inches wide and 1 3/4 inches high; it is another perfectly functional bowl. Finishing included sanding to 600 grit, sealing with Danish Oil and then buffing and waxing to a very nice, soft luster. Fully cured, this finish is perfectly food-safe.

Maple Bowl 06-1 $55.00


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Maple Bowl 06-2

This is a very nice, thin-wall bowl turned from a piece of Maple. The grain is a satisfying symmetrical pattern centered on a "bullseye" in the bottom side of the bowl.

It's size is approximately 6 3/4 inches wide and 2 inches high; it is another perfectly functional bowl. Finishing included sanding to 600 grit, sealing with Danish Oil and then buffing and waxing to a very nice, soft luster. Fully cured (<2 weeks), this finish is food-safe.

Maple Bowl 06-2 $35.00


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Maple Bowl 06-3

This is another very nice, thin-wall Maple bowl. It has a very distinctive, outward-flaring rim that makes for a good grip when picking it up with one hand.

The size of this bowl is approximately 5 1/2 inches wide and 2 inches high. It has been sanded to 600 grit, producing a sensually smooth surface. Finishing included Danish Oil sealing followed by buffing and waxing to a very nice, soft luster. Fully cured (<2 weeks), this finish is food-safe.

Maple Bowl 06-3 $35.00


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Mahogany Bowl #06-4

This is a very beautiful bowl with a deeply rolled and undercut rim. The color is a soft reddish brown with a strong iridescence pattern in a strong light. This "in-depth" reflective quality made the bowl appear almost "frosted" in the initial photography.

This bowl was turned in imported African Mahogany (yes - seriously foreign wood!) and is approximately 8 inches wide and 2.5 inches high. It does have a single thin and tight crack on one side that was present in the wood when turned. This crack was further stabilized with glue during turning and now appears to be sound. The bowl is finished in a natural Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a very high gloss.

Mahogany Bowl #06-4 $65.00


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Maple #06-5

This is a very graceful small bowl turned in soft Maple with a flat and sharply-undercut rim. It is approximately 5 3/4 inches wide and 1 3/4 inches high. The grain is a an attractive, generally linear pattern in soft light brown colors.

Two small, tight juvenile knots are present (one on the bottom, the second on one side). The knot on the bottom has a small dark brown bark inclusion on the outside of the bowl. An interesting area of grain offset with an associated yellow stripe is present on the outside. This appears to be another small juvenile limb that lies at low angle to the side of the bowl. This bowl is also finished in a natural Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a very high gloss.

Maple #06-5 $45.00


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Mahogany Bowl 06-7

This is a simple, medium-sized bowl in African Mahogany (yes - a seriously "foreign" wood!). The color is a soft reddish brown with a strong iridescence pattern in a strong light.

This bowl is approximately 6 inches wide and 2 inches high. It does have a single thin and tight crack and several smaller cracks across one half that were present in the wood when turned. These cracks were stabilized with glue during turning and now appear to be sound. The bowl is finished in a natural Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a soft satin shine.

Mahogany Bowl #06-7 $25.00


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Mississippi Cypress Bowl #06-1

This is a very nice large bowl turned from Cypress wood that I acquired from a friend in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It is a little under 11 inches wide and just over 4 inches high. It has a smooth and symmetrical grain pattern with a soft golden brown color. An interesting patch of reddish-grey and brown color within an area of circular grain on the outside of the bowl is the remains of a bit of sapwood. This is a substantial bowl with generous 1/2 inch thick upper walls that thicken to more than 3/4 inch near the base to provide stability during use.

The bowl blank was cut close to the pith and a pair of thin, tight radial pith cracks were present on opposite sides of the rim when it was on the lathe. Those cracks exhibit an interesting light spalting in the adjacent wood (the darker areas on both sides of each crack) and I chose to leave them intact rather than remove them during turning. During the drying stage (between rough and finished turning of the bowl) a number of long thin cracks developed in the outside of the bowl. These are tight and very shallow (they do not penetrate the inside of the bowl). They are now stable and not indications of on-going deformation.

Finishing of this bowl included sanding to 600 grit, sealing with natural Danish oil, then buffing and waxing (Carnauba wax) to a satin finish. It should prove to be a very functional salad or fruit bowl.



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Mississippi Cypress Bowl #06-1 $85.00



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