This is a beautiful White Oak bowl, measuring 10.5″ in diameter. This medium-sized 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. A small foot on the bottom makes the bowl appear to float above the table.
The color, grain pattern, and medullary rays in this oak are really exceptional – the photos barely do it justice. With proper care, this bowl will last for generations.
Bowl size: 10.5″ diameter, 3.6″ high
Bowl capacity: approximately 2.5 quarts
The bowl was ebonized to a beautiful dark-chocolate color. This simple process takes advantage of the high concentration of tannins naturally present in White oak. Unlike a dye or stain, the effect is achieved naturally and is permanent. After ebonizing, this bowl was finished with six coats of hand-rubbed, food-safe, oil finish.
CARING FOR WOODEN BOWLS: The food-safe finishes I use are water-resistant – not water-proof. Wash wooden bowls with mild soap and warm water. Rinse and towel dry immediately. Wooden kitchenware is not dishwasher safe and should not 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.
WHITE OAK (Quercus alba) is native to the eastern United States. The grain is straight with a coarse, uneven texture. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns. White Oak is strong, beautiful, rot-resistant, and easy-to-work, representing an exceptional value to woodworkers. It’s no wonder that the wood is so widely used in cabinet and furniture making.
COMMON USES for White Oak include: Cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring, boatbuilding, barrels, and veneer.
TRIVIA: White Oak is the state tree of Connecticut, Illinois, and Maryland.
SUSTAINABILITY: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, nor on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
HISTORY: The wood for this bowl was salvaged from a massive White Oak tree that once stood on a farm here in Delaware, not far from our home. The tree came down in a storm in 2018.