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.
For each project, we offer three distinct bowl types:
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. Thin bowl.
This is turned much like a natural edge bowl, but is more “bowl shaped”. Again, it is turned in a single session, then allowed to dry. As with a natural edge bowl, it will change its shape as it dries – that’s part of the beauty of wood. As with above, drying time varies with species, size, and season.
3. Salad bowl.
This is turned in two or more sessions. The bowl is rough shaped green, then boiled. This is to force out the sap. It allows the bowl to dry quicker, and reduces that chance of cracks developing.
Next, the bowl is set aside to dry.
Once it’s dry, it is turned again, to its final shape and thickness. These bowls take 3-6 months to complete.
Once, the bowl is completed, we apply a food safe finish; either an oil or lacquer based finish.
Each bowl is 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 diameter of the bowl.
up to 10″ $75
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.
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.
In addition to the above, you can request additional bowls as follows:
Each additional bowl (from the same log, and of the same size) will receive a discount of 10%.
We require a 20% deposit, with the balance due upon delivery. We will keep you up to date of the progress of your bowl via email.