It is my hope that you will enjoy the look and feel of your wooden bowl as much as I do when it comes off the lathe. I'm enthusiastic about wooden bowls because not only do they look and feel wonderful, they are useful as well. Wooden bowls become living works of art when they are imbued with the aura of constant use. This aura can only be revealed by a possession that is used and cherish on a daily basis.
I find it difficult to part with the bowls I've made but, I am also sure that when you receive your bowl you will love it as much as I do. A wooden bowl filled with fruit as a center piece on your kitchen table, will provide the same wholesome organic feel to your home as it does mine. I know you will share my enthusiasm for the look and silky smoothness of your finely turned, wooden bowl.
I turn my bowls from every part of the tree that is available. Wood cut from the stump to the top branches is suitable to make beautiful bowls. Where another person might see firewood, I see the potential for beautiful, wooden bowls. Very little of the tree is not put to good use. From the trees that I have harvested, the little wood that is not suitable for turning is used as firewood to keep my shop warm in the winter.
Here in Rhode Island, the supply of wood available for salvage is abundant. Excellent raw materials are just lying about rotting on the ground, begging for the taking.
The wood for your bowl may have come from the farm up the road, a neighbor's storm damaged tree or from my own back yard. For this reason I find that all the little (or big) knots and bug holes (character) found in any given piece of wood are not defects but some of the wonders of nature's diversity, slowly revealed through the turning process. I know you will appreciate the character of your unique bowl as much as I do.