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All my woodwork is custom made, after you place your order. Wait times vary depending on my workload and the intricacy of the item you order - anywhere from two weeks to several months. Please contact me before placing your order if you have any questions. Thanks!

Natural Edge Elm Bowl

This natural-edge wood bowl is made from a crotch from a Chinese Elm tree, and measures 9-1/2" diameter and 5-1/2" deep, and about 3/8" thick. The bark has been treated with cyanoacrylate to make it hard and firmly attached. The bowl is finished with a mineral oil and beeswax finish so that it's food-safe and sealed. It was turned while partially seasoned, and then microwave-dried to make sure it's sterile. The result is a slightly ovoid bowl with a unique, classy look and intriguing wavy grain pattern.

Chinese Elm wood is similar to European Elm wood, except perhaps twistier and more prone to warping for dimensioned lumber. For bowl turning, however, it works every bit as well and looks every bit as beautiful. It's much easier to find too, since most European Elms were wiped out by Dutch elm disease in the early 20th century. Elm wood is hard, with coarse, interlocking grain. It polishes to a satin sheen with no finish applied, and has a comfortable woody smell when cut or sanded. It is hard, and resistant to cracking and splitting.

I have about 50 pieces of this wood. You can buy a blank from me for this size of a bowl for $20 and turn your own, or you can buy a finished bowl like this with a natural edge for $124.50. If you'd rather have one with a smooth, finished edge, it would come to $98.50.

Natural Edge Bowl - $124.50
Elm Bowl, Smooth Edge - $98.50
Elm Bowl Blank, 10"x6" - $20.00

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Purpleheart Goblets

Not exactly bowls...but they work on this page. This matching set of purpleheart goblets was made as a gift for a wedding shower. They're small because solid purpleheart is only available in thicknesses up to 2" thick - 6" high total. But the wood makes them awesome, and as my MIL put it, it's nice to have wood goblets with you because you don't have to worry about them shattering in your luggage...

Purpleheart, also sometimes called amaranth or violet wood, comes from several species of tropical trees native to Central and South America. The heartwood is a light purple when cut, and darkens upon exposure to sunlight, reaching first a darker purple and eventually a brown with a purple cast. It is hard and strong, and takes attention when turning, requiring sharp tools, gentle cuts, and a LOT of sanding.

The finish is mineral oil and beeswax, and is replenished by rubbing in more mineral oil, and won't change the flavor of your drink.

Sold individually for $40 at this size, the set is $70.00