Exotic Tulipwood Turned Wood Bowl
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Exotic Tulipwood Turned Wood Bowl

$275.00

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Bowl number 6222 is a hand turned dish made from exotic Tulipwood. Each of my bowls are signed, numbered and dated (year). They are finished with a friction polish that’s applied while still on the lathe.

This bowl measures 5 3/8″ across and is 2 5/8″ tall.

TULIPWOOD – (Dalbergia frutescens) other names are bois de rose, Brazilian tulipwood, jacaranda rosa, pau de fuso, pau rosa, pinkwood. Tulipwood grows 20′ to 35′ high and less than 16″ in diameter and the growth is slow, with trees taking as much as centuries to mature even though they are quite small. Tulipwood’s heartwood is cream colored to salmon colored but dominated by stripes of red, violet, purple and rose — generally the red streaking dominates. The sapwood is yellow to yellowish white. Heartwood color fades with age. This is a strikingly beautiful wood. Tulipwood’s name is occasionally confused with the North American tulip tree (liriodendron tulipfera), better known as yellow poplar, but the two have nothing in common, Tulipwood is a true rosewood. There is a fragrant scent reminiscent of flowers when the wood is cut. Tulipwood ranges from northeastern Brazil as the primary source, with some coming from Central and Latin America; Brazil, Colombia, Guyana and Venezuela.

Tulipwood was a favorite in French furniture in the Empire period but because of the small size and very high cost  it is generally found today only in inlays, marquetry, turnery, and other small decorative fancy goods.

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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