I recently found some lovely materials that have lent themselves nicely to some new ornamental bowls. Details on each below:
Above is the front view of an ornamental "bowl". It's designed to either face forwards as shown above or up as a normal bowl. Below is the top view (or side view if used as a bowl).
Made from a spalted maple burl salvaged from the forest where it had been left to rot, carved, sanded and finished with shellac.
Above is a second sculptural bowl made from another spalted maple burl. The picture shows a side view and doesn't clearly show the shape as well as it should, but it is a truly one of a kind item.
I don't usually try to get a particular shape with my sculptural bowls. Rather, I prefer to let the wood define the shape. However, as the cherry bowl above began to take shape it began to resemble a woman's shoe, so that's the shape I went with. Live edge cherry bowl with shellac finish.
I'm not exactly sure what kind of wood this is. I suspect it may be cherry. All I really know is that I found a piece of wood in the forest and when I had finished making sawdust, this is what was left over. Miniature bowl with shellac finish.
A top view (below) and perspective shot of another miniature bowl. Only a few inches across with an amazing colour pattern on the bottom, this one could easily be turned upside down to make an entirely different ornamental piece.
Above and below are top and perspective shots of a bowl made from ash root. You can see the elegant tiger tail pattern in the texture of the wood.
Above and below: What passes for my attempt at an oak leaf shaped bowl. Made from red oak with a shellac finish.
Above and below: Another ash root bowl showing off the distinctive texture and inclusions of the wood.
Finally, the last of the bowls made from spalted maple burl. This one is functional as a bowl but has a very distinctive ornamental appearance.
That's it for this lot. Coming up are some riding toys, my pre-Christmas schedule and more.