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Oaks/Hardwoods

 

When folks think of hardwood the first wood that comes to mind is usually oak.  I suppose there is good reasons for that seeing oak is so common.  There are about 90 species of oak in the United States alone.   You have white, live, red, burr, black jack, and many other kinds.  Most of what I turn is red oak, or Texas Oak, but I also turn some live and white oak as well.  Now and then I get lucky and run into some Cedar Elm also known as Texas Elm.  Just depends on what all I can get my hands on that is local wood.  One small bit of history trivia for you is that back in the 1980's when they did some restoration on "Old Ironsides", most of the live oak used came from Texas.  That is because of the natural bend that most of our live oak trees have.   Of course there are other hardwoods that you might find here.  Osage Orange, or bodark, comes to mind as well as even some elms.  So, browse around and hopefully you will see something that really catches your eye!
 

Winged Cedar Elm Centerpiece Bowl

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Most folks will be very pleased to have this magnificent bowl sitting on their table.  Especially if it’s sitting in the middle filled with all kinds of different goodies!  Not only is this cedar elm bowl winged, it even has a bit of natural edge on the sides.  Take a look at the natural colors that this wood displays.  How can you not love and want it?  The length of the bowl is 11 ¾” and the width is 7 ¾”.  The height including the rim is 3” and the depth is 2 ¼”.  The volume came to 4 cups.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then the finishing was done with 2 coats of a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  Using a combination like this you get a nice long lasting natural finish.  Totally renewable with olive oil.  17Jul19  BLCE13  $47.50  Free Standard Shipping within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/708253748/winged-cedar-elm-centerpiece-bowl

Exceptionally Colored Cedar Elm Bowl

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Funny how things work out sometimes.  This bowl was originally planned to be a rather large natural edge bowl.  When I started turning it, the bark all flew off so fast that plan went out the window.  Then I thought an oval shaped bowl would be nice, but there were some surface cracks that I had to get past.  So, here is what we ended up with.  A extremely nice looking, simple lined cedar elm bowl.  The colors make it exceptional looking.  You might want to not put anything in it and just look at it and smile.  It does give off sorta a warm and fuzzy feeling.  The diameter is 9 ½” with a height of 3” and a depth of 2 ¼”.  The volume measured out to 6 cups.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  Using this combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  Great sized for all kinds of uses.  11Jul19  BLCE12  $37.50  Free Standard Shipping Within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/720680511/exceptionally-colored-cedar-elm-bowl

Cedar Elm Serving Bowl W/Bark

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You gotta say WOW when you look at this bowl turned from Cedar Elm.  After all you can’t help but notice the bark on the sides.  Now doesn’t that add some rustic appeal to it?  This is a great sized medium bowl that will look great as a display bowl for nuts and fruits, or use it as a serving bowl for veggies and other tasty goodies.  You might consider it for popcorn as well.  Never forget the popcorn.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then the finishing was done with a walnut oil/shellac mix.  This gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  The diameter is 11 ½” with a height of 3 ¼” and a depth of 2 ½”.  The volume measured to ½ gallon.  The bowl is gonna look really good full of your favorite salad or even smashed spuds!  2Jul19  BLCE11  $47.50  Free Standard Shipping within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/718573577/cedar-elm-serving-bowl-wbark

6 1/2" Cedar Elm Bowl

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Folks have heard me say over and over that everybody needs a bowl, but not everybody has a place for a BIG bowl.  So, for those who need a small bowl, this cedar elm bowl is for you.  With a diameter of 6 ½”, this bowl holds 2 cups.  The height is 2 ¼” and the depth is 1 ½”.  And, with the wood sealed with food grade walnut oil and the finishing done with shellac you have a natural bowl.  Using the sealing and finishing components that I did gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting finish.  The subtle grain patterns make this bowl something really nice.  Great for nuts and candies or use it as a catch all bowl.  2Jun19  BLCE10  $22.00 and Free Standard Shipping within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/711091771/6-12-cedar-elm-bowl

Remarkable Cedar Elm Serving Bowl

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There are many out there who have never heard of cedar elm.  It’s also known as Texas Elm and Texas Cedar Elm.  It’s called cedar elm because it is commonly found growing around juniper (also known as cedar).  So, you have cedar and elm, therefore cedar elm!  How about that?  Sorry.  I couldn’t help myself there.  Anyway it is a remarkably nice looking wood with subtle yet grand looking grain patterns.  This bowl is no exception.   I created an interesting lip for handling ease midway up the side.  You will find some small imperfections in the wood which I usually choose to leave to give a more handmade rustic appeal.  The bowl is about 8 ½” in diameter, 2 ¾” high and has a depth of 1 ¾”.  The volume measures to 4 cups.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  This gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  Care instructions included with purchase.  BLCE8  23May19  $30.00  Free Standard Shipping within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/694811860/remarkable-cedar-elm-serving-bowl

Ornate Winged Cedar Elm Bowl

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If you are looking for an unusual centerpiece bowl, here it is.  If it needs to be different in shape, but hold a fair amount, look no further.  This winged bowl turned from cedar elm, also known as Texas Elm is really naturally beautiful.  So the word ornate describes it well.  The grain pattern and the tiny knot holes just add to the beauty and rustic appeal of this bowl.  It measures 9” long, 7 ¼” wide, 3” high and has a depth of 2 ¼”.  The volume measured at 4 cups to the brim.  But go ahead and pile the nuts and candies until they fall off the top!  OK.  Small fruits, peppers, little tomatoes, and other tasty treats as well.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil.  The bowl was finished with a glossy micro-crystalline wax.  It holds up well to usage.  15May19  BLCE7  $40.00  Free shipping within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/706600313/ornate-winged-cedar-elm-bowl

8 1/2" White Oak Display Bowl

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Looking at this bowl makes me think back to the saloons in the west back in the 1800’s.  The saloons were in the habit of having either salted peanuts or potato chips in bowls on the bar for the paying customers.  From what I have read both were loaded with salt for two reasons.  First is the salt was used to help preserve the goodies and also the salt made the customers thirstier so they drank more.  What a concept!  I just picture a bowl like this used for that.  This bowl has the usual characteristics I find in this wood.  Minor cracks throughout and some beautiful warm coloring.  This bowl does not hold liquids.  You may put whatever else you desire in it as long as it is more of a solid.  Like nuts, candy, fruits, and even popcorn.  Lots of uses for a bowl like this.  The diameter is 8 ½” with a height of 3” and a depth of 2 ¼”.  The volume measured to be 4 cups.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  This combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  6Mar19  BLWO18  $30.00  Free shipping within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/674703782/8-12-white-oak-display-bowl

Ruggedly Beautiful White Oak Bowl

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First of all I feel it is an accomplishment just getting a white oak bowl finished without any mishaps.  After all when you see the cracks that are in this wood you will understand.  Very few of the cracks go all the way through and I tried very hard to seal them all off with clear glue and natural dust.  The volume of this bowl measured to ½ gallon.  There is a very small leak in this bowl so it will not hold liquids but will certainly work with anything else.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  Using this combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  The diameter of the bowl is 10 ¼” with a height of 3” and a depth of 2 ½”.  This rustic gem should work with anybody’s décor and will make an excellent centerpiece full of fruits and nuts for the holidays.  10Oct18  BLWO15  $40.00  Free Shipping Within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/650117267/ruggedly-beautiful-white-oak-bowl

10" White Oak Serving Bowl

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One way of describing this bowl turned from white oak is warm.  It does give off a warm and fuzzy kinda rustic feeling, doesn’t it?  A combination of light and dark browns, with heavy border lines really makes this bowl attractive.  You even have a small amount of natural edging to it.  This bowl is perfect for those who want a medium sized bowl for putting veggies or salads or other tasty treats in.  After all measuring to the brim it holds just a tad over 4 cups.  The diameter is 10” with a height of 1 ¾” and a depth of 1”.  The wood was first sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  Using this combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  A bowl like this does not come around everyday so you might just want to get it!  27May18  BLWO10  $30.00 and $11.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/617078861/10-white-oak-serving-bowl

7 1/4" White Oak Bowl

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When you see a bowl like this one there is a certain amount of wow factor.  The natural color of white oak makes it really stand out from other woods.  Some might say it is too small but let’s get serious about this.  Not that many folks need a huge bowl.  Most households have small to medium sized dining tables.  So, this bowl is actually just right for most people.  It is 7 ¼” in diameter, 2 ¾” high and 2 ¼” deep.  Don’t let the size fool you as it does have a capacity of 3 cups measured to the brim.  That is more than you might think.  The wood was sealed with a couple of coats of food grade walnut oil and then finished with a mixture of walnut oil and shellac.  This gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  You will find some small minor cracking here and there which is typical of this wood so don’t let that bother you.  They just add to the rustic appeal.  22Apr18  BLWO8  $25.00 and $10.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/595629952/7-14-white-oak-bowl