This is a beautiful Black Cherry bowl, measuring 11.5″ in diameter. This large bowl was carefully crafted by hand on my lathe. It has a non-toxic, food-safe oil finish, so it could be used as a salad bowl or a fruit bowl. It could hold your popcorn on Netflix night, or just be admired as a decorative display piece. It would make a lovely objet d’art for your coffee table or bookshelf.
The slightly enclosed form is reminiscent of Calabash bowls from Hawaii and the Pacific islands. The reddish color, grain, and markings of the wood is gorgeous and typical of Black Cherry. Note: Black Cherry darkens slightly as it ages, developing a rich reddish-brown patina.
The bowl was finished with four coats of hand-rubbed, food-safe, oil finish. With proper care, this bowl will last for generations.
Bowl size: 11.5″ diameter, 3.75″ high
Bowl capacity: a little more than 3 quarts
Caring for Wooden Bowls: The food-safe finishes I use are water-resistant – not water-proof. Wash wooden bowls, spoons, rolling pins, and cutting boards with mild soap and warm water. Rinse and towel dry immediately.
Wooden kitchenware is not dishwasher safe and should never be left in water to soak. Excess water for prolonged periods can cause the wood to swell and crack. Also, do not put wooden bowls in the microwave. They will super-heat, split, or even catch fire!
If the wood starts to look faded or dry, rejuvenate it with a quality butcher block / cutting board oil or conditioner, such as Howard Butcher Block Conditioner or Mahoney’s Walnut Oil. You can find these and other good choices on Amazon or at you local Lowe’s, Home Depot, Woodcraft, Walmart, etc.
NOTE: If your woodenware sees only light use, an occasional buffing with a clean cotton cloth will be all that’s needed to keep it looking great.
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is native to eastern North America. It has been one of our most prized furniture timbers for centuries. It is easily workable with both hand and power tools and it exhibits some of the most beautiful colors and grain patterns of any domestic species. Black Cherry develops a rich reddish-brown patina as it ages. As a woodturner, cherry is one of my favorite species. It never disappoints!
Common Uses for Black Cherry include: Cabinetry, fine furniture, flooring, interior millwork, veneer, turned objects, and small specialty wood items.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
History: The wood for this bowl was salvaged from a tree that came down during a storm on one of the trails behind the Ferris School in Wilmington, Delaware.