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Oaks/Hardwoods

 

When folks think of hardwood the first wood that comes to mind is usually oak.  I suppose there is good reasons for that seeing oak is so common.  There are about 90 species of oak in the United States alone.   You have white, live, red, burr, black jack, and many other kinds.  Most of what I turn is red oak, or Texas Oak, but I also turn some live and white oak as well.  Just depends on what all I can get my hands on that is local wood.  One small bit of history trivia for you is that back in the 1980's when they did some restoration on "Old Ironsides", most of the live oak used came from Texas.  That is because of the natural bend that most of our live oak trees have.   Of course there are other hardwoods that you might find here.  Osage Orange, or bodark, comes to mind as well as even some elms.  So, browse around and hopefully you will see something that really catches your eye!
 

White Oak 2 Tier Dish

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Talking about rustic looking and multipurpose, this 2 tier dish is amazing.  Turned from rugged looking white oak, it can be looked at being an accomplishment to finish this piece.  Not only rugged looking, white oak is rugged to turn.  Warm natural colors, knot holes, and odd and end natural wood blemishes, this has it all.  On the top tier there is even a knot hole that goes all the way through.  So if you put anything real tiny in the top tier it might fall through and land in the bottom tier.  The upper diameter is 3 ½” with a depth of about ½”.  The bottom diameter is 6 ¼” with a depth of around ½”.  The total height is 3 ¾”.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  A combination such as this gives the dish a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  16Mar19  SDWO3  $28.50  Free shipping within the Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/677340584/white-oak-2-tier-dish

8 1/2" White Oak Display Bowl

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Looking at this bowl makes me think back to the saloons in the west back in the 1800’s.  The saloons were in the habit of having either salted peanuts or potato chips in bowls on the bar for the paying customers.  From what I have read both were loaded with salt for two reasons.  First is the salt was used to help preserve the goodies and also the salt made the customers thirstier so they drank more.  What a concept!  I just picture a bowl like this used for that.  This bowl has the usual characteristics I find in this wood.  Minor cracks throughout and some beautiful warm coloring.  This bowl does not hold liquids.  You may put whatever else you desire in it as long as it is more of a solid.  Like nuts, candy, fruits, and even popcorn.  Lots of uses for a bowl like this.  The diameter is 8 ½” with a height of 3” and a depth of 2 ¼”.  The volume measured to be 4 cups.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  This combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  6Mar19  BLWO18  $30.00  Free shipping within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/674703782/8-12-white-oak-display-bowl

Snazzy White Oak Bowl

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This white oak bowl has all kinds of things going for it to make it a snazzy rustic bowl.  You have beautiful grain patterns, knots, some minor cracks that have been reinforced.  There is also something to this bowl that I experimented with to see if anyone liked it.  I left some shallow marks in the wood to give a hand chiseled look to it.  Not everywhere but you may not always see them but you can feel them.  The diameter of the bowl is 8 ½” with a height of 2 ¼” and a depth of 1 ¾”.  The volume came to 4 cups.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  This combination gives the bowl a nice hard natural finish.  Take a good look and I am sure you will like it.  16Dec18  BLWO17  $30.00 and $5.00 S&H Continental United States

https://www.etsy.com/listing/654146734/snazzy-white-oak-bowl

Ruggedly Beautiful White Oak Bowl

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First of all I feel it is an accomplishment just getting a white oak bowl finished without any mishaps.  After all when you see the cracks that are in this wood you will understand.  Very few of the cracks go all the way through and I tried very hard to seal them all off with clear glue and natural dust.  The volume of this bowl measured to ½ gallon.  There is a very small leak in this bowl so it will not hold liquids but will certainly work with anything else.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  Using this combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  The diameter of the bowl is 10 ¼” with a height of 3” and a depth of 2 ½”.  This rustic gem should work with anybody’s décor and will make an excellent centerpiece full of fruits and nuts for the holidays.  10Oct18  BLWO15  $40.00  Free Shipping Within Continental United States.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/650117267/ruggedly-beautiful-white-oak-bowl

10" White Oak Serving Bowl

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One way of describing this bowl turned from white oak is warm.  It does give off a warm and fuzzy kinda rustic feeling, doesn’t it?  A combination of light and dark browns, with heavy border lines really makes this bowl attractive.  You even have a small amount of natural edging to it.  This bowl is perfect for those who want a medium sized bowl for putting veggies or salads or other tasty treats in.  After all measuring to the brim it holds just a tad over 4 cups.  The diameter is 10” with a height of 1 ¾” and a depth of 1”.  The wood was first sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  Using this combination gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  A bowl like this does not come around everyday so you might just want to get it!  27May18  BLWO10  $30.00 and $11.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/617078861/10-white-oak-serving-bowl

7 1/4" White Oak Bowl

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When you see a bowl like this one there is a certain amount of wow factor.  The natural color of white oak makes it really stand out from other woods.  Some might say it is too small but let’s get serious about this.  Not that many folks need a huge bowl.  Most households have small to medium sized dining tables.  So, this bowl is actually just right for most people.  It is 7 ¼” in diameter, 2 ¾” high and 2 ¼” deep.  Don’t let the size fool you as it does have a capacity of 3 cups measured to the brim.  That is more than you might think.  The wood was sealed with a couple of coats of food grade walnut oil and then finished with a mixture of walnut oil and shellac.  This gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish.  You will find some small minor cracking here and there which is typical of this wood so don’t let that bother you.  They just add to the rustic appeal.  22Apr18  BLWO8  $25.00 and $10.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/595629952/7-14-white-oak-bowl

Stunningly Rustic White Oak Bowl

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Just picture yourself walking into an old ghost town that has been abandoned for 120+ years.  You see the old saloon and work your way inside past the dilapidated swinging doors.  On the bar you see a bowl covered with dust and cobwebs.  You dust the bowl off and what do you see?  It’s a beautiful old white oak bowl that was probably used for peanuts or potato chips for the patrons.  Age has taken it’s toll and at the same time added to it’s good looks.  Knot holes, cracks and great coloration make you want to take this bowl home with you.  The diameter is 9 ¼” with a height of 3 ¼” and a depth of 2 ½”.  Estimated volume is ½ gallon.  The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture.  This bowl is meant to be used for fruit, nuts and other tasty goodies that are not liquid.  Though it has a nice natural finish I do not expect this bowl to hold liquids.  10Mar18  BLWO7  $35.00 and $13.00 S&H

https://www.etsy.com/listing/599542975/stunningly-rustic-white-oak-bowl