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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!

11 1/2" Cottonwood Serving Bowl

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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

https://www.etsy.com/listing/577367137/11-12-cottonwood-serving-bowl

10 3/4" Cottonwood Pie/Cake Stand

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I say give me pie or cake!  And, put it on this stand and place it in the middle of your table.  You know it’s gonna look really good, don’t you?  Certainly large enough in diameter to handle a standard cake or pie as it is 10 ¾” in diameter.  The height of this stand is 2” and the base diameter is 4 ¼”.   Extremely lightweight so those who have arthritis problems will have no problems with this stand.  Of course you can put whatever you want on it.  Doesn’t have to be pies or cakes.  There is a slight drop from the outside rim going towards the center point to reduce slippage.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a couple of coats of a walnut oil based wax.  One of a kind so don’t miss this one!  28Nov17  SDCW8  $30.00 and $12.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/562018170/10-34-cottonwood-piecake-stand

9 3/4" Covered Cottonwood Serving Bowl

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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

https://www.etsy.com/listing/575246037/9-34-covered-cottonwood-serving-bowl

Tasteful 11" Cottonwood Bowl

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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

https://www.etsy.com/listing/561195362/tasteful-11-cottonwood-serving-bowl

6 Cupper Cottonwood Bowl

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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

https://www.etsy.com/listing/558431970/6-cupper-cottonwood-bowl

4 Cupper Cottonwood Bowl

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This cottonwood bowl is of a size that makes it so versatile.  After all with it being 8 ¾” in diameter with a height of 2 ¼” and 1 ½” deep it may be used as a medium sized serving bowl or a catch all bowl for keys and change, to a display bowl for nuts and fruit or even candies.  As I say time and time again, not all families need or can use big bowls.  But all households have uses and places for bowl like this.  I call this bowl a 4 cupper because it does hold 4 cups of liquid measured to the brim.  That is a lot of goodies any way you look at it.  The wood was sealed with 2 coats of food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil based wax.  This mix gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish that also allows you to feel the grain of the wood.  That is something a lot of folks like to be able to do.  14Nov17  BLCW86  $25.00 and $12.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/558430782/4-cupper-cottonwood-bowl

Vibrant 3 Corner Mountain Cedar Bowl

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Now what have we got here?  It’s a totally vibrant 3 corner mountain cedar bowl with crushed powdered turquoise added in for good measure.  That’s what we have here!  With the fantastic color of the wood with the turquoise added to some of the sunken stomas (gaps) you have an unbeatable combination.  This will serve well for putting your favorite nuts or candies in on your desk.  You might even use it on your table or sideboard.  It will look good no matter what you use it for.  Please remember that any cedar should not have direct food contact so don’t put your smashed taters in it.  The wood was sealed with walnut oil and then finished with 2 coats of a walnut oil based wax that were rubbed in and then buffed.  The average diameter is 7 ¼” with an average height of 4” and a basic depth of 2”.  22Oct17  BLMC8  $35.00 and $12.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/566661875/vibrant-3-corner-mountain-cedar-bowl

Colorful Mountain Cedar Display Dish

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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

https://www.etsy.com/listing/566660415/colorful-mountain-cedar-display-dish

Delightful Cottonwood Bowl

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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

https://www.etsy.com/listing/563396941/delightful-cottonwood-bowl

Winged Mountain Cedar Bowl

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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

https://www.etsy.com/listing/516305954/winged-mountain-cedar-bowl

Pretty Big Mountain Cedar Bowl

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There is no doubt that this is a pretty big bowl.  After all it is 4 ¾” high with a diameter of 11 ¾” and a depth of 3 ¾”.  The bottom is fairly thick to keep the structural integrity of the wood.  Mountain cedar has a lot of gaps in the wood so one must accommodate that with more thickness.  This bowl is gonna be great as a display bowl for nuts and fruits.  As it is a highly aromatic wood it should not be used for direct food contact.  So please use it for items that have shells or peels and such.  As this bowl will not hold liquids, I could only estimate the volume at ¾ gallon.  The wood was sealed with two coats of food grade walnut oil.  It takes two coats to seal cedar as it absorbs it fast.  Then it was finished with a mix of walnut oil and shellac very heavy on the shellac.  Using this combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  You will find all kinds of defects in this wood which is rather common with it.  I purposely left one area open where a piece of bark and soft wood came out while sanding.  If you are one who loves rustic pieces, then this bowl should get a nice hard serious look from you.  30Apr17  BLMC2  $55.00 and $20.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/528053121/pretty-big-mountain-cedar-bowl

12 1/2" Cottonwood Display Dish

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Cottonwood is a nice colored softer wood that is extremely durable.   This wood was highly used by the settlers on their way west.  One reason is that cottonwood is easy to work with so all kinds of bowls and dishes were carved from it.  When crossing the plains the settlers looked for cottonwood groves because they meant there was water.  This dish has lots of rustic character to it that ought to appeal to a lot of folks out there.  I added some crushed turquoise powder to the inside of the big knothole for extra appeal.  The dish is 12 ½” in diameter, 2 ½” high and has a depth of 1 ¾”.  I estimate the volume to be in the neighborhood of about ½ gallon.  The wood was first sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture relatively heavy on the shellac.  This combination gives the dish a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  A perfect dish to use as a centerpiece with fruits and nuts on your dining table.  7Dec16  SDCW6  $40.00 and $15.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/483912840/12-12-cottonwood-display-dish

2 Bowl Cottonwood Set

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This great looking pair of cottonwood bowls is a perfect set for someone who is looking for a starter set or a great gift item.  Both bowls are relatively lightweight as is typical for this wood and it has a subtle grain pattern.  The larger bowl is 14 ¼” in diameter, 3 ½” high and has a depth of 2 ¾”.  The volume capacity of the bowl is 1 gallon.  The smaller bowl is 9 ¾” in diameter, 3 ¼” high and has a depth of 2 ¼”.  The volume capacity of this bowl is ¼ gallon.  Both bowls were first sealed with food grade walnut oil and then given a finish of a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  Using this combination gives the bowls a nice hard long lasting finish.  Both are unique and one of a kind items.  Don’t pass this great buy up.  14Nov16 BLCW81  $55.00 and $18 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/491826207/2-bowl-cottonwood-set