Chilean Laurel Burl Bowl Turned Wood Bowl

Chilean Laurel Burl Bowl Turned Wood Bowl

$175.00

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Bowl number 6191 is a hand turned bowl made from Chilean Laurel Burl. Each of my bowls are signed, numbered and dated (year). This bowl is finished a friction polish while still on the lathe. This bowl measures 6″ across and is 7/8″ high.

LAUREL BURL is an extremely rare species from Chile that is usually sliced into veneer. I managed to get some and try out! Characterized by gorgeous dark brown, black, and golden colors with olive undertones, this wood typically has incredible burl with some figure as well. There is a tendency towards movement in service.

A burl (British bur or burr) is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds. Burls are the product of a cambium. A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. It may be environmental or introduced by humans. Most burls grow beneath the ground, attached to the roots as a type of malignancy that is generally not discovered until the tree dies or falls over. Such burls sometimes appear as groups of bulbous protrusions connected by a system of rope-like roots. Almost all burl wood is covered by bark, even if it is underground. Insect infestation and certain types of mold infestation are the most common causes of this condition.

In some tree species, burls can grow to great size. Some of the largest occur in redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens); when moisture is present, these burls can grow new redwood trees. The world’s largest and second-largest burls can be found in Port McNeill, British Columbia. One of the largest burls known was found around 1984 in the small town of Tamworth, Australia. It stands 6.4 ft tall, with an odd shape resembling a trombone. In January 2009, this burl was controversially removed from its original location, and relocated to a public school in the central New South Wales township of Dubbo.

Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, one prized for its beauty by many; its rarity also adds to its expense. It is sought after by people such as furniture makers, artists, and wood sculptors. There are a number of well-known types of burls (each from a particular species); these are highly valued and used as veneers in furniture, inlay in doors, picture frames, household objects, automobile interior paneling and trim, and woodturning. The famous birdseye maple superficially resembles the wood of a burl but is something else entirely. Burl wood is very hard to work in a lathe or with hand tools because its grain is misshapen and not straight. Some burls are more highly prized than others, including ones originating in rural areas in central Massachusetts, northeast Connecticut, and as far south as Philadelphia. Some types display an explosion of sorts which causes the grain to grow erratically, and it is these burls that the artist prizes over all other types. These spectacular patterns enhance the beauty of wood sculptures, furniture, and other artistic productions. 

Bryan Tyler Nelson is NELSONWOOD

Bryan Nelson cutting a Texas Burl down

Bryan Nelson harvesting a Texas Burl.

I was first exposed to woodworking in my Junior High School years. It was just a class I took with my friends. I did turn a bowl, which I still have, but it was one of the scariest thing I ever did at that age.   That was really the extent of it till around the year 1998 I was given 45 solid oak church pews, thus it began.

With the purchase of a surface planer, a second hand radial arm saw and a few hand tools I built bookcases, beds, benches and tables for friends and family. I found that I have a knack. I acquired all my knowledge and skill through trial and error and many hours of reading. Over the years I did small and big projects. But I found my true love (well second) when I purchased my first lathe a 14” Jet. After a year I bought a bigger lathe Oneway 2436 and started pushing the limits.

A day usually doesn’t go by with out something being turned. On a normal day I’ll produce 3-10 turned items. I have over 5,000 bowls sold through retail and internet sales (I sign, date and number each bowl). Wood turning is what I spend most of my woodworking time on. I have a great respect and love of wood; if you were to look in my storage building and workshop, which hold between 80 to a 140 species of wood at any give time. You got to love the stuff to keep all this around!

Wood is the most perfect of gods creations. A living treasure of hidden beauty that remains hidden till it’s death. I am humbled to be able to reveal to all some of this hidden beauty. To help the trees live again, to be resurrected and shine again.   I find great satisfaction in saving some of the local wood in my area from their final resting place, fire pit or dump. Some of the largest and great bowls have come from local woods in my own neighborhood.

If we, the human race, would put aside out greed and think clearly of how to use our forest, there would be no danger to our forest and jungles. The trees and people could live in harmony. Trees living long, then when their life force is spent they could live again with help of man. We just have to find the balance………….

Nelsonwood

All items listed in NELSONWOOD are handcrafted by Bryan Nelson a self taught woodworker and wood turner. He has a love for the inter beauty of wood and is constantly in search of the hidden treasure that mother nature has stowed away in trees. His past work can be viewed at www.nelsonwood.com

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