Birch bowls

  • by Corin Flood
  • February 10th, 2013

These are production bowls made from local birch. Depending on the growing conditions birch can be creamy white from the centre to the bark or it can have brown tones in the heart wood with white wood nearer the bark, in rarer instances it can have beautiful brown tones through out.

These bowls are all about 14″ in diameter and 4″ to 5″ deep, ideal for salads or fruit. They are finished with walnut oil and beeswax.

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Most of the trees I use come from around town and sometimes they come with surprises like nails and bits of wire. These inclusions can make the turning exciting but also produce interesting staining in the wood. The black stain is a result of the tannic acid found in the wood reacting with the iron in the nail. The streak of black can extend quite a distance from the nail location. In this case the nail was laying just inside the bowl, where the stain is darkest, and was removed before turning the bowl to finished form.

Birch bowl with nail stain

The bowls below came from a wind-fallen birch, though much of the wood was damaged by rot the sound pieces had amazing colour throughout the wood.

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