Bowlwood Distinctive Handcrafted Wooden Bowls and More
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A Few Words About Salad Bowls and Finishes
Most of the wooden bowls I make are intended to be display pieces, to be appreciated for the beauty of the wood. Those bowls (and other items) have a durable "film" type finish, usually a thin varnish, which provides not only lasting protection, but some degree of glossiness that brings out the grain and figure of the wood. Without such a finish, wood has a flat, dull, lifeless appearance that is not flattering to the wood. There is very little maintenance required for pieces with this type of finish; an occasional wipe with a soft cloth to remove dust, and maybe an occasional polishing with a quality paste wax. If the bowl is not labelled as a "salad bowl" on this website, it likely has this type of finish.
I'm often asked if bowls with this type of finish can be used as salad bowls. Modern finishes of this kind are food-safe once cured, so yes, these bowls can be used as salad bowls; however, this type of finish is not intended to be subjected to utilitarian use, and can be damaged by such use. So I don't recommend they be used for salads, unless the contents are dry, and care is taken to not scratch the finish, which cannot be easily renewed.
On the other hand, bowls labelled and described as "salad bowls" on this website have an all-natural finish consisting of mineral oil and beeswax, appropriate for salad bowl use. This kind of finish will not impart a gloss to the wood, but can be renewed regularly as needed, simply by cleaning and drying the bowl, then applying more mineral oil and/or beeswax. Mineral oil is commonly available at pharmacies and grocery stores.
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Making a Bowl From Your Tree
If you're interested in having a custom bowl (or other turned object) made from your own tree, see this blog article for information.
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