Applewood Bowl – Knotty by Nature


This bowl is made of Apple. Of course, not the fruit, but the tree. The bowl was turned out of a multiple crotch (intersection of trunk and branches) to reveal both sapwood and heartwood…giving the wood stark contrasts of lighter and darker wood. Also, at these junctions, the wood compresses to create figure (most often associated with ‘curly’ wood). Apple wood is well known for cracking and splitting during the drying process. And this piece held true for what it is known for. So, the cracks and splits were filled with a hunter green colored epoxy both to stabilize the cracks, and a subtle splash of color. The bowl measures 10 1/2″ in diameter x 7″ wide. The wood is from Western Maryland, near where I live.

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Artist Bio:

As a lifelong woodworker, Mike Cruz was introduced to the lathe in 2010. He had enough requests for purchases that in 2013 he began selling at local shows. Now, Cruz participates in nearly 20 local juried shows per year including The Waterfowl Festival, Academy Art Museum, Bethesda Row, Baltimore ACC show, Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Rehoboth Art League Fine Arts Show, Frederick Festival of the Arts, and others. As a woodturner, he found my niche in turning wood bowls and platters from highly figured wood. Most of the wood he uses is local...from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. His works are a blend of utility and art. They are finished to be eye-catching centerpieces and accent pieces in your home or office, but but they can be used for things like fruit, salad, bread, and candies...if you wish.