Big Leaf Maple Burl Bowl 2 – Knotty by Nature


This Big Leaf Maple Burl bowl is another that came from Oregon, as Big Leaf Maple doesn’t grow on the East Coast. It is another example of prime BLM burl. It, too, had some small bark inclusions that were filled with a colored epoxy…this time in blue. However, as the other bowl has a cut rim (or standard rim), this bowl showcases the natural edge of how the burl grows, revealing not only the beauty within the burl, but also the exterior of the burl…and its whimsical and unconventional growth. With such an unbalanced rim, you have the option of showcasing it with the low side facing forward (which will give you not only a view of the shape, but also a view of both the inside and the outside at the same time), or orient it 90 degrees (which shows off the flared wing and the negative space on the adjacent side). An added bit of story to this burl…you’ll notice that the rim is burnt. Apparently, the tree had been in a fire or struck by lightning…as most of the outside of the burl was burnt when I received it. This was quite arguably the most difficult turning I’ve done. The bowl is 17″ at its widest x 9 1/2″ at its tallest.

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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.