You've got to love wood. I do. It's my current medium of choice when I want to exercise my artistic side. Whether you see it as fine art or hobby craft
I've been cutting trees since the early eighties when I used wood to heat my home. More recently, last twenty years, I've been cutting them for others. While doing this I found myself looking at wood that was spalted, stained, warped, burled and damaged by beetles, desease, lightening and many other dangers our trees face. In it's normal state wood is fascinating. After the above, wood is at it's most beautiful. The problem that arose was throwing away all that beautiful wood. I couldn't find enough people to give it to.
My solution, start making something with it. I bought a 1930's lathe, various accessories, grabbed a piece of cherry and a few hours later I had my first 5" bowl at a cost of only $400.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR WOODEN BOWL
THE FINISH: Your bowl is finished with food-safe Salad Bowl Finish by General Finishes. This fine finish lets you see the unique, natural character of the wood. This finish also serve as the ideal original finish for your bowl and allows it to achieve a patina that only comes with repeated use of the bowl over time. This patina makes your bowl even more beautiful each year for years to come.
BOWL CARE FOR UTILITARIAN BOWLS:
Minimal care is needed for decorative bowls. However, an occasional application of oil and a buffing will enhance their sheen.