To Custom Order A Burl Bowl
Here are a few things to consider when ordering a burl bowl:
-Birch or Spruce
Our burl bowls are made of two different types of Alaskan wood: spruce and birch. There are advantages to both. Spruce bowls tend to be a bit lighter in weight than the birch and so the larger pieces are easier to move around. Also the spruce wood creates a beautiful grain patterning on the inside when darkened that the birch can not quite develop. However, we have found that the birch burls tend to create more of a variety in natural grain patterns, colors, and designs. As a result the bulk of our bowls do tend to lean towards birch. With this type of wood there really are no repeats, just one of a kind pieces of work.
You have to think about where you want to place your unique bowl. Will it fit on the mantle, the coffee table, or out on that new patio? Give us an idea of what kind of diameter and depth would be best for your use. Keep in mind that these bowls don't come in normal circles and oblongs. Mother Nature works in unusual shapes and likes to think outside the box. But of course that's half the fun!
Now think about the decor of your home. Do you need a lighter wood or a darker coloring? Most of our birch bowls come in a beautiful blond wood coloring. However if something darker is what you want we are able fire the outside and/or inside of our bowls to a deeper shade of brown or black.
We have two types of finish that are applied to our burl bowls. Our most common is a clear coat urethane finish that is very durable and water proof. This will keep your bowls completely sealed from any staining and requires no maintenance. Bowls with this type of finish can be used indoors or outdoors, for a jewelry or key catch-all, a fruit bowl, candy bowl, or water proof for holding your flowers on the counter. It also creates a wonderful gloss look that really brings out the colors in the wood. Our other option is a food grade bowl which has a combination of mineral and lemon oil coated on the inside. These bowls are recommended if you are looking for a unique serving bowl for your salads or pastas. Maintenance in minimal. When you are finished wipe the bowl down with a soapy washcloth and reapply some mineral or butcher block oil to the inside every now and then to keep it from drying out. Ask about other food grade finish options also.
We are able to provide one more option when you are ordering your custom burl bowl. Your singularly distinctive bowl can also have an etching or inscription placed on the top or bottom. Add your wedding or anniversary date, add a business logo , or just have your favorite Alaskan animal gracefully displayed. The options are only limited by your imagination. All inscriptions and etchings are artistically burned into the wood by hand.