Large shallow burr oak bowl

Burr oak bowl
Large burr oak bowl
Guide Price: £50
Availability: Sold
Wood: Burr oak

Size

12" x 2"
Reference BL105
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Description of work

This is a large shallow bowl, or platter, turned from an oak burr. just over 12" diameter and 2" high, with a wall thickness of about 1/4", this is quite a chunky piece. The burr patterning is quite striking and dense on one side of the rim of the bowl.

Burrs are formed when unnatural twiggy growth spurts from the main trunk or a bough, usually as a result of some damage or stress. This creates numerous pips and knots tightly packed together, and also causes the wood to crack when it dries. No attempt has been made to fill the cracks, which have been left to retain the natural patterning of the wood. This one is from an oak felled near Scarborough in North Yorkshire.

Should you be interested in purchasing this or a similar bowl, supply is subject to availability of burrs, and of course the patterning is subject to what turns up once the burr is turned. At present I do have another burr from the same tree, slightly larger than this, with its secrets yet to be revealed.

This bowl is finished with mineral oil, leaving a matt sheen rather than a high polish.

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