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Softwood Turnings

Howdy!  To me softwoods are cottonwood and hackberry.  Elm falls into this as well.  There are others, of course but those are the two softwoods that I turn.  Also you need to include cedar in this category.    Both cottonwood and hackberry 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!

Exquisite Hackberry Serving Dish/Bowl

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I believe that exquisite is an accurate word for describing this great looking dish.  Well, you might call is a shallow bowl, too.  It held 1/2 gallon of water for measuring, so if you want to use it as a serving bowl you can.  The best thing to say is you can use it for anything you wish!  The size dictates a somewhat large footprint on your table as the diameter is 13 3/4".  The height is 2 1/4" and the depth is 1 1/4".  With the natural colors and spalting in this wood it is really gorgeous.  The wood was sealed with a food grade walnut oil then finished with a mixture of walnut oil and shellac.  Using a combination such as this gives the dish a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  One of a kind and a real beauty.  8Jan20 SDHB7 $55.00 and $8.00 S&H.  Shipping listed is for standard shipping with Continental United States.  All other areas contact me with zip code for shipping costs.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/768691105/exquisite-hackberry-serving-dishbowl

 

11 3/4" Hackberry Serving Dish

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Hackberry can be a very good looking wood on it’s own.  Just look at the natural colors with the spalting added by Mamma Nature!  That is a look that is hard to beat.  Some folks might not even want to put anything in it as it looks so good.  But, hey!  I design my turnings to be used, so please put this beauty to work.  The wood was sealed with a couple of coats of food grade walnut oil.  After that was soaked in good the finishing was done with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  When using a combination such as that gives the dish a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  The diameter of the dish is 1 ¾” with a height of 1 ¾” and a depth of 1”.  As it is not meant to hold liquids I didn’t get a volume measurement.  Personally I can see this dish sitting on a coffee table full of chips with a bowl full of salsa or guacamole along side of it.  Yummy!!!  24Nov19  SDHB6  $40.00  Free standard shipping within Continental United States.  All other locations contact me with your zip code for shipping costs.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/756231999/11-34-hackberry-serving-dish

 

Remarkable 16" Hackberry Serving Dish

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If you happen to have a large table, and happen to like colorful wood then this hackberry serving dish is an item you will certainly want.  Just look at the natural colors along with some spalting, even some knot holes.  The grain patterns just kinda swirl around really adding to the attractiveness of this dish.  Though it was not meant to hold liquids, it does hold 1 gallon.  It held that amount with no leakage for about ½ an hour.  You will find of course some natural defects in the wood which I smoothed out with sanding.  There was even a couple of pith spots (soft spots) in the wood which are just fine after being soaked thoroughly with shellac.  The wood was first sealed with two coats of food grade walnut oil.  After that the finishing was done with several coats of a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  Using this combination gives the dish a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  The diameter is 16” with a height of 2 ½” and a depth of a bit over 1 ¾”.   Great centerpiece for displaying all kinds of goodies, and would actually work well as a family sized popcorn server.  19Nov19  SDHB5  $72.50   Free standard shipping within Continental United States.  All other locations contact me with your zip code for shipping costs.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/740811698/remarable-16-hackberry-serving-dish

Sumptuously Large Cottonwood Bowl

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I don’t usually turn a bowl of this size anymore unless it is custom ordered.  But, once in a while I turn one just so I can say I did.  Never hurts to have one in case someone needs it, does it?  This bowl is simply rustic.  After all you have nice coloration and worm holes.  The worm holes that went all the way through were sealed in filled with clear glue along with natural dust and coffee grounds.  This bowl is great sized for larger tables as a centerpiece for fruits and such, or a large salad bowl, and don’t forget it can be used as a popcorn bowl!  Never forget the popcorn.  The diameter of the bowl is 14 ¼” with a height of 4 ¼”.  The depth is 3 ¼” and the volume measured at 1 gallon.  That’s a lot, folks!  The wood after initial sanding was wet sanded with walnut oil to get the smoothest surfaces possible with this wood.  Cottonwood is a rather soft and somewhat fibrous wood so it can be difficult to get a totally smooth surface.  The sealing was done with food grade walnut oil and then the finishing was done with a mixture of walnut oil, shellac, and a walnut oil based wax.  Using this combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  4Nov19  BLCW106  $65.00  Free standard shipping within Continental United States.  All other locations contact me with your zip code for shipping costs.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/736432158/sumptuously-large-cottonwood-bowl

Charming Cottonwood Serving Bowl

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With the distinct ribbing on the outside there is no doubt you will find this mid sized serving bowl charming.  Turned from cottonwood which is the poplar family of trees can be beautiful.  A somewhat soft wood that has a fibrous quality to it, it was a very useful wood to the westward bound settlers in America.  Where there were cottonwood trees, there was water.  Simple as that as they only grow in wet areas.  And, the settlers made great use of the wood making bowls, plates, and all sorts of utensils and other wares.  This bowl is 9” in diameter, with a height of 3” and a depth of 2 ¼”.  The volume of the bowl measured to 5 cups to the brim.  The wood was dry sanded and then to get a good smooth surface it was wet sanded with sandpaper and walnut oil.  With softer woods this has proven to be a great help.  The sealing was done with food grade walnut oil and then finished with shellac mixed with a walnut oil based wax.  All of these natural ingredients in combination give the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  2Nov19  BLCW105  $35.00  Free standard shipping within Continental United States.  All other locations contact me with your zip code for shipping costs.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/735908780/charming-cottonwood-serving-bowl

 

Lovely 6 Cup Cottonwood Serving Bowl

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Cottonwood has such great coloration to it.  The light and dark colors meld together so well, it makes you not want to put anything in the bowl.  You just want to look at the wood.  Lightweight yet durable, this wood was quite popular in America with the westward migration.  When settlers were traveling west, when they saw cottonwood trees they knew there was water.  They used the wood for plates, bowls, utensils, furniture and other useful items.  This bowl is 9 ½” in diameter, 3” high, and 2 ¼” deep.  The volume measured to 6 cups.  The bowl does hold liquids so feel free to use it for pretty much anything.  You will also find a nice handling lip midway up the sides.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a mixture of walnut oil, shellac, and walnut oil based wax.  This bowl has a certain rustic appeal to it with the natural colors and wood defects that are natural with this wood.  You will find some burring areas that are inherent with this wood.  This just adds to the appeal of the piece.  10Jun19  BLCW101  $35.00  Free Standard Shipping within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/699290854/lovely-6-cup-cottonwood-serving-bowl

Small Spalted Hackberry Bowl

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This is such a neat sized bowl, you will find all kinds of things to use it for.  After all it is 7” in diameter, 3 ¾” high and has a depth of 3”.  The base has a nice flair to it for decorative purposes.  And, just so you will know it holds 4 cups measured to the brim.  The spalting in this bowl is typical of hackberry.  You add that to the grain pattern and the minor pits that the wood has and you have a rustic classic!  Use it for nuts and candies, fruits, or even as a small serving bowl.  I think it’s attractive enough to sit on anybody’s table.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with several coats of a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  Using a combination such as this gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  29Apr19  BLHB74  $28.50  Free shipping within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/688692382/small-spalted-hackberry-bowl

Simply Nice Cottonwood Bowl

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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

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/598083830/simply-nice-cottonwood-bowl

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