Legacy Bowls – I accept commissions for a turned bowl from a tree that has sentimental value, and where someone would like to have a keepsake from a beloved tree. Green wood takes time, and must have controlled conditions in order to properly dry [cure] for a bowl to avoid cracking or becoming extremely warped. My fee for this work that can take 6 months to a more than a year varies with the size, style of bowl wanted, and type of wood, but a general rule of thumb is $18 per inch diameter, plus materials used like finish and abrasives. My work will be to gallery standards, and if interested, a discussion in advance with me about what wood you have for the turning is needed, and the type of bowl form you want, like a standard bowl, calabash style, or natural edge, meaning the bark edge will be the outer rim if the bark is intact, and usable. I reserve the right to decline a commission due to wood condition, and other unforseen issues that may arise, however I will do due diligence to accommodate whenever possible.
A 50% deposit is required up front when the wood is received from customer, and the commission is agreed to. This arrangement has worked well with the customers I have done commissions for to this point, and it is my desire that any prospective customer will act in good faith towards me, and I act in good faith to complete the project in a timely manor and will send communications updates on the progress of their bowl.
I have turned some bowls that became family heirlooms for the family that owns them.
Below you will see a legacy bowl [blue band] from Norway maple, turned on New Years Day 2013 for a person who sustained damage to the tree by a storm, and the tree had to come down.
The calabash style bowl you see in the picture below was a legacy bowl for a neighbor who had a red maple tree damaged in a windstorm. That bowl now sits proudly in their home as a centerpiece and keepsake of that beloved tree.