Many factors are considered when producing an artistic wooden bowl.  Selecting the best matching wood blocks is the most importand start.  Contrasting and complimenting colors and grain patterns are well-thought-out.  All pieces must be dried to less than 12% so the joints stay true and so the glue holds firmly through time.  Every surface must be thoroughly sanded and finished, including all bottoms and interiors, as this highlights the translucence of the burled and figured appearance.  For us, every piece must "move".  Finally, the lid design is just as important as the hand-turned bowl or platter itself.  Each completed piece must be a work of art.

Large triangle shaped lidded bowl
Figured Walnut 
Deep, warm chocolate tones of light and dark brown.  Often swirly grain patterns of both light and dark, and sometimes beautifully translucent.   
  • Used for both accenting and body of urn.
Honey Locust Burl
Rich tones in brown, orange, heartwood, and yellow sapwood, with maroon sap lines throughout.  Usually possesses more reddish tones than maple, and less brownish than cherry.
  • Primarily used for body of urn.
Black Cherry Burl 
Orange, yellow and maroon tones, with deep cherry-colored sap lines throughout.  Much bolder in color and hue than maple, and often translucent in appearance.
  • Primarily used for body of urn.

From the Rosewood family, Purpleheart accents every piece with warmth.  Nearly always straight-grained lumber, it also adds strength.
  • Primarily used as accenting wood.
Figured Osage Orange (A.K.A. Hedge)
Translucent gold with sap lines of red and rust.  Lightens up any mantle.  One of the hardest domestic woods. More reddish than Mulberry.  
  • Primarily used for body of urn.
Figured Box Elder 
Unique to all other woods, Box Elder has a red hue on a cream-colored base.  Often includes yellow and light brown, its beauty is unmatched. 
  • Primarily used for body of urn.
Figured Mulberry
Glowing gold highlight this wood.  Often translucent in appearance.  Strands of rust trace through it.  Mulberry is much lighter in color than Osage Orange.
  • Primarily used for body of urn.
Pink Madrone Burl
Pink and orange, with a touch of yellow contrast beautifully, with highlights of maroon sap lines.  Often selected for its feminine characteristics.  
  • Primarily used for body of urn.

Glowing red color, especially good for highlighting the grain figure of another wood type.  It never fades and strengthens the durability of any piece.
  • Primarily used as accenting wood.

Redwood Burl 
Beautiful rust color throughout this wood, with touches of brown and black figuration.  Harvested from the world’s tallest trees, its appearance is deep and rich.
  • Primarily used as accenting wood.
Maple Burl
Amazing variations in each piece, from ivory to red to orange and even deep brown.  Sometimes each piece possesses all these colorations and even more.  
  • Used for both accenting and body of urn.
Birdseye Maple
One of the rarest of all the domestic woods, usually ivory to light brown in color.  Translucent figuration in every area.  Warm and rich, pleasing to the eye.
  • Primarily used as accenting wood.

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