I was inspired by a clip from this video by Sam Angelo and made a nativity set for the family. I happened to have a bowl that I’d gone too thin on the bottom, so I could cut it to made the manger.
These are great examples of why I love to turn cottonwood. The figure is just fantasitc.
The larger bowl is about 11″ diameter.
This smaller one is about 4″.
I made a large (about 16″ diameter) walnut bowl as a wedding gift for my son.
The worms really had a field-day in this Maple tree. They bored lots of holes. I like the patterns they left in the wood. I think this bowl shows off both the beauty of the wood and gives a glimpse into the lives of creatures that lived in the tree.
The bowl measures about 10.75″ x 3″
This bowl is about 6.5″ x 1.75″ and is a great example of the red “flame” staining that can occur in Box Elder.
There are several ideas about what causes the flame stain – maybe a fungus, maybe a bug, or maybe just some physical stress that the tree endured.
In any case, it is striking.
The end-grain (around where the center of the tree was) has been filled where it cracked. You might be able to see a line of transparency in the photos. I have had this bowl in my personal collection for several years, and this repair has not showed any sign of being a problem.
Shallow bowl of Box Elder, 10.5″ x 2″, Licthenberg figure aournd the outside.
Box Elder is known for having a firey red flame pattern in some woods. It is thought to be due to some sort of stress that causes the wood to change color. This piece only has the tiniest little bit of flame color – so small thatyou can’t even see it in the photos.
I just love the figure that you sometimes find in Cottonwood. I decided to use some dye on this piece to bring out that figure. The result has hints of green, yellow, blue and red, and really highlights the figure in the grain on one half of this bowl.
The bowl is 12″ diameter and 2″ tall.
Bowl from native Colorado Cottonwood. Lichtenberg fractal patterns burned around the rim.
The bowl is 10 1/2″ diameter.
This tree was rescued from a tree-trimer’s “free firewood” pile.
Shallow Aspen bowl or dish, 10″ diameter.
Walnut bowl, about 11″ diameter, with Lichtenberg fractal patterns. Also features a natural bark inclusion along the rim (a defect in the original tree).