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Most Unusual Bodark Box
You bet this box is most unusual! How many goodie or treasure boxes have you seen that had a small branch for the handle on the lid? The answer to that is probably never, but now you have. The wood has the usual stress cracks in it and they were reinforced. A large one in the lid was also filled with coffee grounds and then sealed in. The lid is certainly thicker than I would normally do so it weighs more than the vessel part of the box. I had to do that in order to maintain the integrity of the branch for the handle, not knowing what I was going to find the further inside the wood I went. The volume of this box is right at 2 ½ cups. The diameter is 7 ¼” with a total height including the branch handle of 6”. The vessel depth is 2”. The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with straight shellac for reinforcing the handle and other areas. I am not sure if you can find a better conversation piece than this. Even though it seemed to hold water while I was measuring the volume I suggest using it for candy, nuts and other dry items. 4Oct16 BXBA27 For more info see:

Big Fat Elm Salad Bowl
This beautifully spalted and lightweight elm bowl is perfect for those who need or want a large wood salad bowl. It weighs in at only 3 pounds and has a capacity of 1 gallon filled to the rim. That is a lot of salad and don’t forget using it as a family sized popcorn bowl as well. Or I suppose if you are really a big time popcorn lover it could be your personal bowl. That would be a lot of popcorn! No matter what you decide to use it for it will hold a lot of it. The bowl is 14” in diameter, has a height of 3 ¾” and a depth of 2 ½”. I left a slightly thicker than normal base for stability as the wood is so lightweight. The bowl does has some burring here and there that is typical for this wood. Takes nothing away from the usages of the bowl and adds to the rustic appeal of it as well as the bark crust area on the outside. The wood was first sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture. Using a combination such as this gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish. Might even fill this bowl up with fruits and nuts and use it as a display bowl in the center of your table. Someone else might consider putting a towel in it and filling it with hot tortillas and closing the towel over them to keep the heat in. 2Oct16 BLE42 For more info see:

Rustic Red Oak Candy/Nut Jar
You may certainly consider this box to be rustic. After all it is turned from red oak, it has bark and natural edge and even a couple of small cracks that I sealed with clear glue and natural dust on the lid. So I think it pretty much has the rustic appearance down very well. Now I am not going to tell you that you can only put candy or nuts in this. You just put whatever your heart desires in it. After all it is spacious with a volume measuring at 4 cups. That is a lot of M&M, folks. The outside diameter is 6 ½” with an inside lip measuring at 4 ¼”. The total height is 7” and the vessel depth is 4 ¼”. It has a nice bottom for stability and to reduce tippage. The bark was reinforced with superglue to help keep it in place. The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil/shellac mixture. With a combination such as this the box has a nice hard long lasting natural finish. 20Sep16 BXRO17 For more info see:

Squared Red Oak Candy/Nut Bowl
This red oak candy/nut bowl has all kinds of things going for it that make it highly appealing. A lot of turners seeing a crack in the wood like this one has would throw it on the junk wood pile. Not me. I sort of embrace wood defects and try my best to make the defects work for me. Sometimes it just takes a little longer to finish the piece. I guess that’s why a lot of folks consider me a rustic wood turner. This bowl has bark, it has cracks that have been reinforced, it has squared edges, and one crack I decided to fill with some crushed turquoise stone powder. I think this bowl will look good filled with candy or nuts. Of course you could fill it with whatever you wanted. The outside is an evenly squared 7 ½” and the inside diameter is 4 ¾”. The total height is 2” with a depth of 1 ¼”. The volume measured at about 1 ¼ cups. The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil and shellac mixture, very heavy on the shellac for a better sheen. There is nothing like a nice hard long lasting natural finish to make a piece this attractive. 14Sep16 BLRO59 For more info see:

Red Oak Rustic Treasure Box
Truly a treasure box, this one turned from red oak has all kinds of rustic things going for it. After all there is some natural edge along with the occasional pin hole created by some long dead bugs of some nature. The grain patterns of this wood are really nice, which is why red oak is a favorite among wood workers as well as turners. The outside diameter is 7” with an inside diameter of 4 ¼”. The total height is 4 ½” with a vessel depth of 2”. The volume measures out to 1 ¾ cups. This piece is definitely an eye catcher so don’t let it get away from you. The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil and shellac mixture. Using a combination like that gives the piece a nice hard long lasting natural finish. 11Sep16 BXRO16 For more info see:

Rustic Pecan Winged Treasure Box
This is a rustic treasure box for sure. Natural edge on both sides as well as fabulous looking spalting. I tried to keep the shape of the lid to match the vessel as much as possible. You might put all kinds of different treasures in this ranging from personal stashes of candy and nuts to keys or no telling what else you might come up with. It has a measures volume of 1 ¼ cup and that just simply ain’t bad at all. The box is 8 ¼” at the widest point and the narrowest it is 6”. The inside diameter is 4 ½” with a total height of 4” and a vessel depth of 1 ¾”. The wood was sealed first with a food grade walnut oil and then it was finished with a walnut oil and shellac mixture. This combination gives the box a nice hard long lasting natural finish. Great gift item or why not just get it for yourself? Nothing wrong with doing that. 6Sep16 BXP69 For more info see:

11 1/4" Oak Bowl
Robust! Rustic! Beautiful! These are all good descriptions of this bowl turned from live oak. The natural colors and grain patterns define this bowl immensely. Live Oak is a dense and therefore heavy wood, so this bowl does have some weight to it. There are the usual stress cracks in the wood. Nothing to worry about as this bowl is meant to be a display bowl for dry items. This bowl does not hold liquids. Great for using as a centerpiece bowl on your dining table for fruits and nuts and other tasty goodies. It’s natural rustic appeal will have folks asking you about it. Live oak was a favorite for building the sailing ships back in the day. In fact when they did the rebuilding of “Old Ironsides” a lot of the oak came from Texas. Our live oaks seem to have a gentle bend in them that make them perfect for shipbuilding. The bowl is 11 ¼” in diameter, 3 ¾” high, and 3” deep. The wood was first sealed with food grade walnut oil and then received the final finish of a mixture of walnut oil and shellac. This gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish. 4Sep16 BLO16 For more info see:

Oak Hollow Form Bowl
The beauty of live oak pretty well speaks for itself. And, it also has a natural rustic appeal to it as well. This hollow form bowl will work great for candy or nuts or even potpourri. I think it would look best full of peanut M&M’s. But go ahead and put whatever you wish in it. The outside diameter is 7” with the inside lip at 3 ¾”. The height is 4” with a depth of 3” and the volume measured out at just about 1/4 gallon. That is a fair amount of candy or nuts. Live oak is a very dense wood that is or was vastly used in shipbuilding. The wood was sealed with food grade walnut oil and then finished with a walnut oil and shellac mixture. A combination such as this gives the bowl a nice hard long lasting natural finish. 3Sep16 BLO15 For more info see: https://www.etsy.com/listing/476482833/7-oak-hollow-form-bowl