cherry burl


NICKS is a cherry burl bowl that I hand turned on my lathe from wood responsibly sourced here in Bourbon County, Kentucky. This particular piece of cherry is from the crotch of a large branch where a burl developed.

Crotch wood, from a portion of the tree where several branches emerged, is characterized by swirling grain and irregular figure making it especially compelling visually. And burls are knotty growths on trees where the wood has grown in a deformed manner. The deformation of the wood as the tree grew creates a visually striking grain when viewed from any vantage point. Having a piece of wood that combines these two features is not common and makes this piece all the more unusual.

Within the burl I found voids and sections of decay. Hence, there are large holes and dark decayed portions of the wood, and the thicknesses of the walls changes in relation to the natural disfigurement of the wood. I left the holes and decayed portions intact to add to the uniqueness of the piece.

This cherry burl bowl measures approximately 5″ wide by 4-1/8″ tall. I polished the bowl with food safe walnut oil followed by a protective coating of carnauba wax and beeswax. Care instructions were included with the purchase of this piece.

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A little about me….
I’m a historical archaeologist and spend my days excavating sites, analyzing artifacts, and writing up my findings. When I’m not in the field, you’ll find me in my woodshop. I primarily use found and reclaimed wood from here in Central Kentucky. It’s my hope that incorporating elements of the wood as I found it into each piece serves as a reminder that the object you see once was part of a beautiful, living tree. Learn more about me and my shop here.

Creekview Woodshop donates a portion of every sale to Green Forests Work, a nonprofit dedicated to re-establishing healthy and productive forests on formerly mined lands in Appalachia.

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