Wooden Bowl in Wild Olivewood

$ 25.00


The Bowl:
First cut and drilled, then turned on a lathe by me, Jack. Sanding was completed through many grits until the piece is perfectly smooth to the touch. The grain pattern is wild and beautiful. The bowl is a mix of light tan colors with dark lines and molting throughout.  It’s a good bowl, but not perfect. See “More About…” at the bottom of the page for full details.

The Species:
Olive is sometimes figured with curly or wavy grain, burl, or wild grain.  Because of the fruit’s economic importance, trees aren’t felled for lumber and its scarcity makes it valuable for working. What makes this hardwood so unique is the extraordinary grain pattern of each individual piece, as well as the distinctive and inviting fragrance that it gives off. It even becomes darker, richer,  and more beautiful in color as it ages! Occasionally available from wild trees, like this lumber.

Size: ~ 5.5″ Diameter

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The Process:
Bowl turning is new to me. It’s a lot like pen making, but because the original block is so large and still heavy from retaining moisture from the original tree… it presents its own set of challenges. That said, this bowl isn’t “show quality” by any means. Defects are displayed in photos. Here’s what you need to know.

  1. The indentation in the bottom has marks from the chuck (cannot be seen when bowl is upright)
  2. The inside is slightly rough and un-polished. It won’t scratch items inside the bowl.
  3. Olivewood is a species that “checks” or has small cracks that come from drying.