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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.   The oaks that I mainly get in are white oak, live oak, and red oak.  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!
 

Tempting Cherry Wood Candy/Nut Bowl

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Who needs a beautiful bowl for putting their nuts and candies in?  Everybody does!  This is one great looking bowl for doing just that.  Now some won’t want to put candy or nuts in it, but use it as a fancy catch all bowl for keys and change.  This bowl combines a great size as well as being a bit on the hollow form design.  The outer diameter is 7 ½” with an inner diameter of 5 ½”.  The height is 1 ¾” with a depth of 1 ¼”.  The volume measured at 3 cups for those who want to know.  The wood was sealed two times with food grade walnut oil.  Then it was finish with several coats of shellac with some fine sanding in between coats.  Using these methods and materials gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  18May22  BLCH6  48.50  Qualifies for free shipping within the United States.

7 1/4" Podacarpus Serving Bowl

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Oh, my!  Another bowl turned from that great looking wood called Podacarpus!  With it’s natural colors and grain patterns, this wood is a favorite among a lot of folks.  This bowl, though small will work for a lot of folks.  Everybody needs a bowl, but not everybody needs a BIG bowl.  Small bowls work for everybody.  This bowl is 7 ¼” in diameter, 2 ½” high and 2 ¼” deep.  The volume measured 3 cups to the brim.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil.  Then the finishing was done with lacquer.  Then the bowl was buffed at a high speed.  Using these methods and materials gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  14Feb22  BLPOD3       $40.00  Qualifies for free shipping within the United States.

Podacarpus Candy/Nut Bowl

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Here is another fine looking candy or nut bowl turned from that great looking wood called Podacarpus.  The grain patterns along with the natural colors makes this a tasty little bowl.  With a diameter of 5 ½” and a height of 2 ½” makes for a nice size.  Add the depth of 2” and the volume measuring at 2 cups makes this bowl perfect for candy or nuts.  Of course it could also be used for keys and change as well as potpourri.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil.  Then it was buffed with tripoli wood buffing compound.  The finishing was done with shellac.  Then the bowl was buffed again with an ultra fine buffing pad while spinning at high speed.  7Feb22  $35.00 BLPOD2  Qualifies for free shipping within the United States.

Indian Rosewood Candy/Nut Bowl

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This is the first piece I have ever turned from Indian Rosewood.  And I have to admit that I like it a lot.  Not necessarily the easiest wood to work with, but I think it is worth the effort.  Now this particular piece is one that is multifunctional, depending totally on your desires.  You may use it as a small candy or nut bowl, or you might use it as a small goblet.  But seeing there is only one, the options are open.  The outside diameter is 3” with an inside diameter of 2 ½”.  The height is 2 ½” with the depth being 1 ¼”.  The volume was measured at ½ cup.  The wood was first sealed with food grade walnut oil.  Then it was wet sanded using various grits of sandpaper and walnut oil.  After all of that was done the finishing was done with shellac.  Then it was buffed at high speeds.  Using these methods and materials gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  There are some extremely minor natural defects in the wood which I decided to leave alone.  29Jan22  BLIR1  $32.50  Qualifies for free shipping within the United States.

7 1/2" Cherry Wood Candy/Nut Bowl

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I have a simple philosophy when it comes to wood bowls.  The bowl should look good.  The customer should be able to use the bowl for whatever they want.  Which means the finish on the bowl should be able to hold up to pretty much anything.  And on top of it all I think everybody needs not only a bowl, but a wooden bowl.  How about that?  This bowl turned from wonderful looking cherry fits all of the above.  So get it, use it and be a very happy person.  The diameter is 7 ½” with a height of 1 ¾”.  The depth is 1 ¼” and the volume measured to the brim is 2 cups.  The wood was first sealed with food grade walnut oil.  The finishing was done with shellac with a bit of walnut oil based wax mixed in.  Using these methods and materials give the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  26Jan22  BLCH5  $37.50  Qualifies for free shipping within the United States.

5 3/4" Cherry Candy/Nut Bowl

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I am not saying that you can only put nuts and candy in this bowl.  Turned from beautiful cherry wood, it has all kinds of uses.  Along with nuts and candy you might use it as a catch all bowl for keys and change, potpourri, and many other uses.  The diameter is 5 ¾” with a height of 2 ¼”.  The depth is 2” and the volume it holds measured at 2 cups.  It may not sound like a lot, but when you think how big M&M’s are, that a LOT of them.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil.  Then it was buffed with tripoli wood buffing compound.  The finishing was done with orange oil wax with a bit of walnut oil mixed in.  Using these methods and materials gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  24Jan22  BLCH4  $35.00  Qualifies for free shipping within the United States.

Mahogany Hollow Form Candy/Nut Bowl

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Now some out there might not consider this bowl having a bit of the WOW factor to it, but I do.  Turned from beautiful mahogany, this bowl has all kinds of things going for it.  Take in the natural colors and natural defects this bowl joins the ranks of the rustic.  Please don’t confuse rustic with vintage.  Add a bit of spalting, this bowl will really look good sitting on your desk or table full of nuts, candy or any other tasty treat!  First things first.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil.  Yes, that means you could cook with it if you wanted to.  After that came the finishing which was done with several coats of orange oil wax rubbed in while spinning at high speed.  Using these materials and methods gives the bowl a nice long lasting natural finish.  A very nice satin finish at that! 5Jan22  BLMA6  $35.00 

Flared Cedar Elm Goodie Bowl

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Is this a goodie bowl or what?  Makes no difference whether you use it for nuts and candies, it will work well.  You might even use it as a catch all bowl for keys and change and the like.  No matter the usage you pick, this bowl turned from beautiful cedar elm will look real good.  For those who have never heard of Cedar Elm, it is also known as Texas Elm and Texas Cedar Elm.  It is referred to as cedar elm because it commonly grows around cedar trees.  And feel confidence putting edibles in it as the wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil based wax that includes carnauba.  The bowl is 7 ½” long, 4 ½” wide, 3” at highest point, 1 ¾” at the lowest.  The depth is 1” measured to the lowest side level and the volume measures 1 cup.  Now seeing the volume was measured to the lowest side level, that does not mean you can’t just pile goodies in until they fall out!!!  Enjoy this beautiful and unique shaped bowl.  25May19  BLCE9 

7 1/2" Cherry Wood Bowl

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I have said from time to time that everybody needs a bowl.  And, this is very true in my opinion.  Can you imagine your house or apartment not having a bowl in it?  I can’t.  One nice thing about this cherry wood bowl is it is not large, yet not tiny.  Rather nice sized for many uses.  Some might use it as a nut or candy bowl, catch all bowl for keys and change to you name it.  Whatever the usage is that you determine for it, it will look darned good doing it.  The diameter is 7 ½” with a height of 1 ¾”.  The depth of the bowl is 1 ¼” and the volume is about 2 ½ cups.  The wood was first sealed with food grade walnut oil.  Then it was buffed with a tripoli wood buffing compound.  The finishing was done with a orange oil wax, receiving two good coats.  Then the buffing was done again at high speeds.  Using these materials and methods gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  8Sep21  BLCH3  $37.50  Qualifies for free shipping within the United States.

9" White Oak Bowl

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I have said it several times, and I will say it again.  White Oak defines the word “rustic”.  Look at this gem of a bowl and I think you will agree.  The natural color is amazing in this wood as well as the grain patterns.  This bowl has some natural defects that just seem to be a crime to repair.  The cracks in it are not going anywhere.  This smallish sized bowl is just great for putting nuts and fruit in.  Not meant to hold liquids, so please don’t try and use it as a soup bowl, OK?  It has a great lip for ease in handling and a ringed base for decorative purposes.  The outside diameter is 9" with an inside diameter of 7".  The height of the bowl is 2" and the depth 1 1/2".  Measured to the brim it holds about 3 cups.  The wood was sealed with a food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture along with some lemon oil wax added for good measure.  The bowl has a nice semi gloss sheen to it.  Using the combinations used the bowl has a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  19Jan20 BLWO22 $37.50

Magnificent Mahogany Serving Bowl

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I have to admit that this wood impresses me every time I turn some of it.  The natural color and grain pattern gives a piece turned from this wood something to brag about.  This particular bowl even has a bug hole in the lip that I decided to leave in place.  I think it adds to the “flavor” of the bowl.  The diameter of the bowl is 9 ½” with a height of 2 ¾”.  The depth is 2 ¼” with a volume measuring 5 cups.  This bowl, besides being good looking, is a great medium sized bowl with a relatively small footprint.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then buffed with a tripoli wood buffing compound.  Then the bowl received another coat of the oil.  The finishing was done with shellac rubbed in as the bowl spun slowly on the lathe.  The applicator was a clean 100% cotton sock.  With these materials and methods the bowl has a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  25Sep21  BLMA1  $52.50  Qualifies for free shipping within the United States

Amazing Magnolia Bowl

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This is another first for me.  Magnolia wood.  This wood has some real natural beauty to it.  I don’t have to do anything to it for it to be beautiful.  The grain pattern is rather distinct which I like.  It has some really nice dark coloring as well.  I really am at a loss as to what else to say about this bowl.  Just take a good look at it and you’ll know why.  The diameter is 9 ½” and 2 ¾” high.  The depth is 2” and the volume is 5 cups.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil.  Then the wood was buffed with a tripoli wood buffing compound.  The finishing was done with shellac applied while spinning with ultrafine steel wool.  4Jun21  BLMG1  $52.50  Qualifies for free shipping within the United States.

Elm Natural Edge Candy/Nut Bowl

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You gotta admit that this bowl is rather on the cute side.  Good looking, too!  A great bowl for putting your favorite nuts or candies in.  Don’t overlook using it as a unique catch all bowl, either.  And of course there are some who might even put potpourri in it.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil.  The bark was reinforced with clear glue to help it stay in place.  The finishing was done with shellac and then buffed at high speed.  The bowl is not as round as I wanted it to be so it is slightly oval.  The length is 6” and the width is 5 ½”.  The height is 3 ¼” with a depth of 2”.  The volume measured at 2 cups exactly.  1Mar21  NEE4  $35.00  Qualifies for free shipping within the United States.

7 3/4" Mahogany Serving Bowl

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6 3/4" Magnolia Bowl

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5 1/2" Podacarpus Candy/Nut Bowl

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7 3/4" Cherry Wood Bowl

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There is certainly nothing wrong with cherry wood.  Nice reddish color and interesting grain patterns make it stand out from a lot of other woods.  This bowl is just the right size for many uses.  Fill it with nuts or candies.  Some might use it for a catch all bowl for keys and change.  Others might just put it on the mantle so it can be seen by everybody.  And, then again someone might use it to hold potpourri!  The diameter of the bowl is 7 ¾” with a height of 1 ¾”.  The depth is 1” with a volume measuring 2 cups.  After the wood was sanded down with a relatively fine grit of paper it was sealed with food grade walnut oil.  Then it was buffed with a tripoli wood buffing compound.  Then it was finished with shellac with a bit of walnut oil based wax mixed in.  Then it was buffed at high speed.  Using these materials and methods gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  8Aug21  BLCH1  $37.50  Qualifies for free shipping within the United States.

 

Cedar Elm Display Bowl

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Cedar Elm is definitely an interesting wood.  It looks very similar to white oak.  The grain pattern is one of the main things that do set them apart.  A characteristic they also share is they are both very hard to work with.  Cedar Elm in some ways to me is harder to work with than white oak.  None the less, it makes for a very good looking rustic in appearance bowl.  This bowl is 9” in diameter and 3 ¼” high.  The depth is 2 ½” and the volume measures at ½ gallon.  I call this a display bowl as it does not hold water.  I did seal the cracks in the wood as best as I could, but one or two of them still dribble a little bit.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil.  Then it was buffed with tripoli wood buffing compound.  The finishing was done with spray shellac in an effort to help seal the cracks along with some walnut oil based wax.  Using these materials and methods give the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  6Dec20  BLCE20  $42.50  Qualifies for free shipping within the United States.

 

 

Gorgeous Cedar Elm Serving Bowl

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Sometimes I think I just get plain down lucky!  I found this piece of cedar elm buried under a pile of leaves and bark.  How about that?  Had to do some serious trimming down to get this, but I think it was well worth it.  One of the nice things about cedar elm is the reddish tint some of the wood has.  This particular bowl has a really good looking spalting line running right down the middle of the bowl as well.  You will also find a nice lip indentation for ease in handling.  The diameter is 9 ¼” with a height of 2 ¾”.  The depth is 2 ¼” with a volume measuring 5 cups.  The wood was sealed with 2 coats of food grade walnut oil and then buffed.  Then the finishing was done with shellac and a walnut oil based wax.  This mixture gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  6May20  BLCE19  $45.00  Free shipping within the United States.

 

Smartly Beautiful Cedar Elm Bowl

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This cedar elm bowl has all kinds of things going for it if you are one who enjoys the rustic appeal.  It will also appeal to those who just simply love things that are beautiful.  So now you have to decide if you are one or the other or both.  Not really.  This bowl, besides it natural colors also has some knot holes, spalting and a couple of natural defects that I decided to leave in place.  Some I did reinforce with clear glue just in case it was needed in time.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and the finishing was done with shellac, walnut oil and walnut oil based wax.  Using this combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  The diameter is 93/4” with a height of 2 ½”.  The depth is 2” with the volume measuring 6 cups.  There is a slight leak near the top but it certainly hold at least 4 cups of liquid if needed.  Though this bowl is meant to be more a display bowl for nuts and fruits and such to place on the table.  20Apr20  BLCE18  $45.00 Qualifies for free shipping within the United States.

 

Savory & Rustic White Oak Bowl

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There is not a wood in my inventory that has a more rustic appearance to it than white oak.  And to say that this bowl is not savory looking is really wrong.  Alright.  You might say tasty instead.  That’d be alright.  Now as typical with this wood there is a lot of cracking in it.  You also will find a fabulous looking knot hole that does go all the way through.  I filled it in some, but not all of it.  This just adds to the rustic or homemade appeal of it.  Somehow I managed to get a lot of the weight out of this bowl, which is unusual with this wood as it only weighs 3 pounds.  The diameter is 13”, with a height of 3 1/4” and a depth of 2 3/4”.  The volume measures at ¾ gallon.  This bowl does not hold liquids, but certainly would be a great centerpiece bowl full of fruits and such.  I did a little change in what I normally do in the wood sealing and finishing.  The wood was sealed with boiled linseed oil.  The finishing was done with a lemon oil wax.  Yummy smelling stuff.  I was almost drooling while applying it_  22Dec19  BLWO20  $57.50  Free standard shipping within the United States.

 

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  $30.00 and Free Standard Shipping within the United States.

 

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  $35.00  Free Shipping within the  United States.

 

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  $35.00  Free shipping within the United States.