Beautiful hand made wooden bowls from your family tree.
At Turned Treasures, we will work with you to save at least part of the tree that your family grew up with. When the time comes for a tree to come down, we save a part of it in the form of a bowl, or set of bowls for you and your family. Each time you use the bowl, or see it on the shelf, you’ll be gifted with a memory on the trees time with your family.
Please note: While we will do our best to create a bowl for you, we cannot make any guarantees. Wood is unpredictable, and despite our best efforts, sometimes the process fails. It could be from cracking during the drying process or unknown/seen defects in the wood itself.
1. Natural edge bowl.
This may include some bark around the rim, but we cannot guarantee it. The bowl is turned while the wood is still green (wet, not dried). It’s turned completely in one session, then allowed to dry. These bowls are typically thin, to avoid cracking during drying. The time from log to bowl varies with the type of wood, as well as the season.
2. Standard bowl.
This is turned in two or more sessions. The bowl is rough shaped green.
Next, the bowl is allowed to dry.
Once it’s dry, it is turned again, to its final shape and thickness. These bowls take 4-6 months to complete.
Once, the bowl is completed, we apply a food safe finish; either an oil or lacquer based finish.
Each bowl is optionally signed by the artist, and branded as a Heritage Bowl.
The size of your bowl is of course limited to the size of the tree.
Costs are based on the inside diameter of the bowl. For natural edge bowls, this will be the long measurement.
up to 10″ $55
Give us a call at 618-698-3627 as soon as you are making plans to cut the tree down (or as soon as possible afterwards). While we are not tree cutters, we will work with whomever you contract to do the work – this allows us to have them cut appropriate sized sections of the log.
At this time, we will need any special instructions or requests regarding shape and finish of the bowl. For utilitarian bowl (Salad bowl), we recommend a Walnut oil based finish. For decorative pieces, either Shellac, or Lacquer.
We will come and pick up the log(s), and take them back to our shop. At that point, we’ll determine the best cut for the log, to maximize size, balance, and grain.
We will seal the wood with a wax emulsion to keep it from drying too quickly and developing cracks. To ensure a viable bowl, we ask for at least two log sections per bowl.
Once we start the turning, we will proceed as above, depending on the type of bowl being turned.
Due upon delivery. We will keep you up to date of the progress of your bowl via email.