Softwood Turnings

Howdy!  To me softwoods are cottonwood and hackberry.  There are others, of course but those are the two softwoods that I turn.  Also you need to include cedar in this category.    Both are fibrous woods and take a great deal of sanding to make them smooth.  But, no matter how you try there will always be what is called burring on them.  But, that just adds some character I think.  Enjoy!

Simply Nice Cottonwood Bowl


Cottonwood is a good looking and durable wood.  Even though it is relatively soft, it holds up well.  Settlers heading west used it for most everything.  This bowl holds a goodly amount of 5 cups measured to the brim.  The natural light color mixed with the grays make this attractive.  I think you find this fits into most decors.  The bowl is 9 ¼” in diameter, 2 ¾” high and has a depth of a little over 2”.  The bottom has a slight concave to it so that makes it just right.  The wood was first sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a mixture of walnut oil and shellac.  This combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  This bowl will work very well as a medium sized serving bowl, display bowl for fruits and nuts, or even a popcorn bowl.  2May18  BLCW94  $27.50  $11.00 S&H


Simply Elegant Cottonwood Serving Bowl


This fine looking cottonwood bowl fit the words in the description very well.  It does have simple lines to it and with the natural colors of the wood make it elegant.  So, it’s a simply elegant bowl.  With the color variation of this wood, the grays versus the lighter colors, it is no wonder that this wood is as popular now as it was back in old west.  The wood for this bowl was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then it was finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture, light on the shellac.  I went light on this mixture so you could still feel the grain in the wood.  Yet, doing that this bowl has a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  The bowl is 12 ½” in diameter, 2” high and 1 ¼” deep.  The volume measured out to be right at 6 cups filling it to the brim.  Great bowl for salads and other great goodies.  The bowl comes with easy care instructions.  21Jan18  BLCW92   $38.50 and $14.00 S&H


11 1/2" Cottonwood Serving Bowl


When you look at this bowl turned from cottonwood, you might wonder why you don’t already have one.  It is a great looking wood and sorta gives off a warm feeling.  Now some folks will say it looks fun, but to me it’s warm.  Of course those who know me will tell you I am so far from politically correct I barely know how to spell it.  Measured to the brim this bowl holds a nice amount of 5 cups.  Not saying you can’t pile the salad up higher than the brim, or for that matter smashed spuds.  It would work well as a popcorn bowl, too.  The bowl is 11 ½” in diameter, 1 ¾” high, and has a depth of 1”.  The wood was sealed with two coats of food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil based wax.  This combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  Lightweight as well as durable, don’t pass this bowl up.  4Dec17  BLCW89  $35.00 and $12.00 S&H


9 3/4" Covered Cottonwood Serving Bowl


Cottonwood is a beautiful wood that makes some of the most gorgeous bowls and such that you have ever seen.  This covered bowl is no exception.  This has so many different uses there is no way I can come close to listing them all here.  But to name a few some might use it as a centerpiece for nuts and candies or other tasty morsels.  Some might use it for tortillas.  Others might use it to keep their treasures in.  It will look really good no matter what use you put it to.  Measured to the brim the bowl part holds 4 cups of liquid.  The outside diameter is 9 ¾” with a total height of 4 ½”.  The vessel height is 3” and depth is 2”.  The lid has about 1/8” play in it to accommodate any wood swelling that might occur.  The wood was sealed with two coats of food grade walnut oil.  The wood soaked up the first coat so fast I decided it needed a second one.  The piece was finished using a walnut oil based wax.  With a combination like this the bowl has a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  26Nov17  SDCW7  $40.00 and $13.00 S&H


Tasteful 11" Cottonwood Bowl


Are you looking for a medium sized wood bowl that would look really good on your table as a centerpiece?  Then you really need to consider this tasteful and warm looking cottonwood bowl.  Not overly large as the diameter is 11” with a height of 2” and a depth of 1 ¼”.  But, it does hold 5 cups of liquid measured to the brim of the bowl!  One other consideration for this bowl is that it is lightweight.  I have not put it on the scale but I can’t picture it weighing over 2 pounds.  The natural colors of this wood make it a favorite with a lot of people.  The wood was first sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mix.  This combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  I mixed the finish where there was just enough shellac to give the bowl a bit of shine, but not overly so.  This way you can still feel the grain of the wood.  25Nov17  BLCW87  $35.00 and $12.00 S&H


6 Cupper Cottonwood Bowl


When you first saw the name of this bowl you probably first wondered what a 6 cupper was.  It simply means that it holds 6 cups measured to the brim!  Cottonwood is a soft wood that is also a bit on the fibrous side.  All that means is that sometimes it is very difficult to get a totally smooth sanded surface over the entire bowl.  To me that just adds a bit to the rustic appeal that I do try to preserve in each piece I turn.  The grain patterns in cottonwood are subtle yet very nice.  The natural coloration of this wood varies so much.  You have a light tan mixed with a medium shade of brown and even some gray.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then it received another two coats.  Then it was finished with a walnut oil based wax.  Using this combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  This type of finish also lets you feel the grain in the wood.  The bowl is 10 ½” in diameter, 2 ½” high, and 1 ¾” deep.  A great bowl for salads and veggies.  You might even use it as a popcorn bowl.  14Nov17  BLCW85  $35.00 and $12.00 S&H


Colorful Mountain Cedar Display Dish


Now I don’t think anybody can argue that this dish is colorful.  When you take in the natural colors of this mountain cedar that alone makes it quite lovely.  But then you take in the crushed powered turquoise and you have something truly amazing.  Now please keep in mind that any type of cedar should not be used in a fashion where it has direct food contact.  It’s alright to use this dish for holding nuts and fruits and anything else that has peels or shells or wrappings.  This dish measures 8 ¾” in diameter, 1 ¼” high, and has a depth of ¾”.  The wood was sealed with walnut oil and then finished with 2 coats of a rubbed in walnut oil based wax.  This gives the dish a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  This finish when needed is totally renewable with olive oil.  22Oct17  BLMC7  $25.00 and $10.00 S&H


Delightful Cottonwood Bowl


Now this smallish sized bowl turned from cottonwood ought to catch your eye.  After all look at the natural colors of it.  Certainly a delightful looking piece for sure!  So, don’t pass this up.  You might use it as a candy or nut bowl or even put potpourri in it.   Others might even use it as a catch all bowl for keys and change.  As that this bowl will fit almost anywhere, it’s uses are limitless.  You will see on the outside some minor shallow cracking that occurred in the drying process that I decided to leave for more rustic appearance. It measures 7 ¼” in diameter, 1 ¾” high, and 1 ¼” deep.  The volume measures out to   be 2 cups to the brim.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil based wax.  Using a combination such as this gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  8Oct17  BLCW83  $20.00 and $8.00 S&H


Winged Mountain Cedar Bowl


This rustic beauty is certainly a bowl that will look good sitting pretty much anywhere.  The warm natural colors just add so much to it I am not sure I can describe it.  Certainly the photos don’t do it justice.  It has some of the natural gappings that are common in this wood.  The aromatic nature of the wood prohibits it from being used with direct food contact.  It’s great as a display bowl for anything that has peels or shells.  Just no smashed spuds or salad, please.  The capacity of the bowl was measured at about 2 ½ cups.  The length is 9 ¼” with a width of 6 ¾”.  The height measures at 2” with a depth of 1 ½”.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a mixture of walnut oil and shellac.  Using this combo gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting finish.  The bowl does not hold liquids due to the natural gaps in the wood that go all the way through.  The volume was measured using rice.  10May17  BLMC4  $30.00 and $11.00 S&H