Nelsonwood Hand Turned Burl Bowls
Nelsonwood's hand turned burl bowls emphasize flaws that have been caused by insects or deformities. These rustic imperfections contrast with the smooth finish Bryan gives to the rest of the surface. Bryan has many other bowls, including yarn bowls, crochet hooks, salt and pepper mills and more in his well stocked shop on Etsy.
I am Bryer Tyler Nelson of Nelsonwood, living in Arlington, Texas, USA. I’ve been working with wood since 1998, specializing in wood turning on a lathe. 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 God’s creations. A living treasure of hidden beauty that remains hidden until its 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 as art. 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 I’ve made have come from local woods in my own neighborhood.
If we, the human race, would put aside our greed and thought 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 spent they could live again with our help.
We just have to find the balance………….
The bowls shown here are some of my burl turned bowls. There are many other kinds in my shop.
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.
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 wood-turning. 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.
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