Huge Texas Bradford Pear Wood Bowl
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Huge Texas Bradford Pear Wood Bowl

$425.00

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Bowl number 5624 is a hand turned bowl made from Texas Bradford Pear. Each of my bowls are signed, numbered and dated (year). This bowl is finished with Kerf’s Wood Cream a food safe finish. A small jar will be included with bowl purchase.

This bowl measures 14 1/2″ across and is 5 3/8″ high.

Bradford Pear is a tree used a lot in Texas landscaping. The tree does have a big flaw, it has a tendency to branch out at one spot from the trunk. which makes it very weak and prone to wind and storm damage. This is truly a one of a kind. (well there will be very few of them anyway). Because this tree is prone to wind and storm damage most never reach this size. It was truly a monster.

A little history…. Callery pear is native to China; in 1918 seed was brought to the United States for potential use as rootstock for cultivated pears. Of the initial batch of 100 pounds of seed that was planted at the Plant Introduction Station at Glen Dale, Maryland , one vigorous, non-spiny seedling was selected and named “Bradford”. The spread of callery pear along roadsides, rights-of-way, and in successional old fields was first noticed in southern Maryland and around Washington, DC. In Pennsylvania naturalized populations are known in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Naturalized populations generally exhibit characteristics of the species including wide-spreading branches and thorniness. Fruit size may vary from ¼ inch to nearly 1 inch in diameter.

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………….

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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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