This handcrafted bowl measures just a tad under 10.5″ in diameter. The bowl has a non-toxic, food-safe oil/wax finish. It could be used as a salad or fruit bowl, hold your popcorn on Netflix night, or just be admired as a decorative display piece. It would make a lovely gift or an objet d’art for your coffee table or bookshelf.
The slight undercut below the rim creates shadow lines and visual interest, as well as a tactile grip for your thumb when you pick it up. A stylish foot on the bottom makes the bowl appear to float above the table. The colors in this piece range from a lovely dark chocolate to light brown, and the grain patterns are gorgeous.
The bowl was finished with four coats of hand-rubbed, food-safe, oil/wax finish, and then buffed out. With proper care, this bowl will last for generations. (See care instructions below…)
Bowl size: 10-7/16″ diameter, 3-3/8″ high
Bowl capacity: just over 1 quart (8.5 cups)
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Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), also known as American Walnut, is one of North America’s finest and most valuable lumber species. It is highly prized for its dark-colored heartwood and beautiful grain.
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 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 your local Lowe’s, Home Depot, Woodcraft, Walmart, etc. (A free sample is included with your purchase.)
NOTE: If your bowl sees only light use, an occasional buffing with a clean cotton cloth is all that’s needed to keep it looking great.
This particular walnut tree was salvaged after it came down in a storm in Wilmington, Delaware.
I hope you enjoy this bowl as much as I have enjoyed creating it and telling you about it. The process of turning a piece of fallen tree into a beautiful and functional bowl involves many steps and can take up to a year (the wood has to dry slowly…).
I know it takes a leap of faith when you can’t see a piece in person and hold it in your hands. All of my work is satisfaction guaranteed. If the piece is not what you were expecting, please reach out to me as soon as possible to arrange a return.
And finally, if you’re in the area (Delaware) and would like to see a piece in person, please contact me to arrange a studio visit.