Rough-Turned Bowls For Sale

Texas woods are too beautiful and too valuable to simply turn into curly shavings on the floor beneath my lathe. Even so, I still wind up with a lot of shavings as the photo above illustrates!. So I generally try to core smaller, interior bowls as I rough-out larger bowls. Like their bigger brothers, these smaller bowls are set aside to dry before final-turning to the finished product.

Lately I have been turning a number of quite large bowls and as a result, producing three or four times that number of smaller, interior bowls. These are simply more rough-out bowls than I can complete, or have an immediate market for at this time. So I am offering a number of them for sale here.

The following bowls are rough-turned to a reasonably thick wall dimension, generally slightly thinner on the bottom than the sides (to minimize cracking), with a tenon on the bottom suitable for lathe mounting with a spiral chuck (generally cut to fit my Oneway Talon chucks). Non-Mesquite woods are generally roughed-out to a wall thickness of approximately 10 percent of the diameter. As Mesquite is very stable with minimal distortion, my Mesquite bowls are commonly roughed-out to less (generally 5 to 10 percent).

These bowls are allowed to air-dry to equilibrium for our local (Texas) conditions, somewhere around 12 to 15% moisture content, before final turning (or being offered for sale here). I do remount these rough bowls and re-turn them to round (and roughly smooth-out any CA glue or epoxy repairs) before putting them up here for sale. So if you buy one, it will be round and ready for you to do the final turning, sanding and finishing. The appearance of a shiny finish in the pictures below is due to water applied to each bowl before photography, to bring out the beauty of the grain hidden below the rough-turned surface.

If you are interested in one of these, please contact me to check/confirm availability and total costs including shipping. If you are interested in a size or other wood species not listed, again contact me - I have a lot of wood and roughed-out bowls that I have not listed here. To see samples turned from these "exotic" Texas woods on my companion website, www.prairiesend.com.



***** Sorry folks - I am low on rough-turned bowls at the moment - the few that I have left are generally small and are listed below. I do have additional bowls drying in the shop and hope to get several more up soon. *****










TEXAS MESQUITE



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Mesquite rough bowl 12-1
12-1/2" diameter x ~3-1/2" height

This is a large rough-turned bowl in Texas Honey Mesquite. The color is the rich reddish brown of Mesquite Heartwood with a strong and very attractive grain pattern.

The pith was cut out of this bowl but the terminal ends of three pith-related radial cracks are still present. I reinforced all of the cracks with thin CA glue when rough-turning but did not fill them. These are old growth cracks formed in the tree during its lifetime - not recent and active drying features. It has been my experience that they are stable and once filled, do not cause any problems. A great opportunity for turquoise infill. That gray area on one side is a deep staining pattern associated with one of those radial cracks. It is sound but is probably a feature that will remain in the finished bowl.



The wall thickness is approximately 3/4" thick after re-turning. It has a ~3" tenon for chuck-mounting on your lathe.


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Mesquite rough bowl 12-1 $70.00









TEXAS BODARK (Bois D'Arc/Osage Orange/Hedge/Horse Apple)



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Bodark rough bowl 15-4
7-1/2" diameter x ~3" height

This is a very interesting, medium size, rough-turned bowl in Texas Bodark (aka Bois D'Arc or Osage Orange, as well as many other names). The basic color is the strong orange-brown of Bodark heartwood of this age (2 to 3 years-old) with various shades of lighter orange, gray and darker browns associated with two areas of included/imbedded bark. That attractive orange color started out as a bright yellow when the tree was first harvested and this portion mounted to the the bowl. The present orange is a transient color that will likely turn to a beautiful very dark golden brown in a couple more years.

The pith was included in the original bowl blank and the remaining portions are present about 3/4" to 1-1/2" below the rim on opposite sides. Several pith-related radial cracks cross thru the two pith centers just below the rim. These radials, as well as gappy portions of the two imbedded bark areas, were reinforced and filled with black CA glue. However, my re-turning "revealed" a couple of thin unfilled gaps that could use a "touch-up" during the final turning and finishing. I see no other significant flaws.

The walls are ~5/8" thick after re-turning to round. With a ~2-1/8" tenon, this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn to finish. Please keep in mind that this is Bodark - a hard wood that requires sharp tools and a light touch to turn cleanly.



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Bodark rough bowl 15-4 $40.00







TEXAS PECAN



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Pecan rough bowl 8-1
8-1/2" diameter x ~3" height

This is a very nice medium size, rough-turned bowl in spalted Texas native Pecan. The pith is included and located about 1/2" below the rim. A couple of pith-related radial cracks are present just below the rim and were reinforced and filled these with CA glue. However, my re-turning "revealed" thin unfilled gaps that could use a "touch-up" during the final turning and finishing. There are also several small (apparent) bark inclusions on the rim and upper sides that are partially gappy and might require infilling. I see no other flaws.

The color is the orange-brown of Pecan heartwood with various shades of darker orange, gray and darker browns associated with the spalting. The walls are ~5/8" thick after re-turning to round. With a ~1-7/8" tenon, this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.


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Pecan rough bowl 8-1 $40.00




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Pecan rough bowl 11-1
11-1/4" diameter x ~4" height

This is a very nice larger-size, rough-turned bowl in spalted Texas native Pecan. It was cored out of the same very large blank that yielded #8-1 above. Buy and finish both bowls and you can have a two-piece set of "nested bowls".

The color is the orange-brown of Pecan heartwood with various shades of darker orange, gray and darker browns associated with the spalting. Overall, the grain pattern is strong and linear; but in large areas grades to a beautiful wavy to tightly undulating pattern. I like this one.

The pith is also present in this bowl, located about 1/2" below the rim, and it also includes a couple of pith-related radial cracks. I did reinforce and fill those cracks with CA glue, but my re-turning "revealed" thin unfilled gaps that could use a "touch-up" during the final turning and finishing. There are also a number of small, black-stained beetle holes on the sides that might require filling. I see no other flaws.

The side is ~7/8" thick after re-turning to round. With a ~2-1/8" tenon, this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.


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Pecan rough bowl 11-1 $70.00








TEXAS EASTERN RED CEDAR





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Purpleheart Cedar rough bowl 5-1
4-3/4" diameter x ~2-1/2" height

This is a very nice small rough-turned bowl in our Texas "Purpleheart" version of Eastern Red Cedar. It is spalted and has some pretty dramatic color variations, ranging from light and dark purplish-red to patches of creamy white. The pith has been cut out of this bowl and I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws.

The rim is ~1/2" thick after re-turning to round, and with a ~2" tenon, it is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to produce a very pretty little bowl.



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Purpleheart Cedar rough bowl 5-1 $25.00








TEXAS Black Cherry






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Black Cherry_rough bowl 15-5
5-3/4" diameter x ~3" height

This is a very nice, medium-size rough-turned bowl Texas Black Cherry. It is all various shades of orange-brown color, typical of our Texas Black Cherry heartwood with an attractive grain pattern throughout. I turned it as a recurved, semi-hollow form and the rim tapers to nothing at the top.

This bowl was cut well away from the pith of the log and I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws. There is, however, one small borer hole that extends through the bowl and might like some attention from you (black epoxy fill perhaps?). The side is ~3/4" thick, and the bottom is ~1-3/8" thick, after re-turning to round. With a ~2-1/4" mounting tenon, this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn to finish.



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Black Cherry_rough bowl 15-5 $30.00








TEXAS SYCAMORE






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Sycamore square-top bowl 15-8
5-1/2" diameter x ~2-1/2" height

This is an eye-catching, small rough-turned Sycamore bowl with a square top. The form and the wall thickness are pretty well established (although you could turn-off the square top if you like). The grain pattern is fairly complex around two patches of included bark. When initially turned, those barky patches were gappy and I infilled the gaps with black epoxy before re-turning to the final shape. The color is a pleasing soft brown with distinctive areas and bands of darker-brown spalting, along with the dark brown and black of the two circular areas on included bark.

After re-turning to round, the wall thickness is approximately 1/4" near the top and 1/2" toward the bottom. I left a 1-7/8" diameter tenon on the bottom for mounting on your lathe.

I see no significant flaws - this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.


Sycamore square-top bowl 15-8 $30.00














TEXAS OAKS - LIVE AND RED OAKS



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Live Oak rough bowl 9-1
9-1/2" diameter x ~3" height

This is a beautiful, medium-size, rough-turned bowl in Texas Live Oak. The grain pattern is the complex appearance of a tightly-woven net, with hundreds of ribbon-like rays that cross at right angles (most apparent on the end-grain area, inside and out). It was cut from close to the pith and the remains of several radial cracks are present on opposite sides of the rim. However, these are small and have been reinforced and filled with CA glue.

The wall thickness is ~5/8" after re-turning to round, leaving room for your creativity in the final rim style. With a ~2-5/8" tenon, this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.



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Live Oak rough bowl 9-1 $50.00




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Live Oak rough bowl 6-1
5-5/8" diameter x ~2-1/2" height

This is an eye-catching, small rough-turned bowl in Texas Live Oak. The grain pattern is the complex appearance of a tightly-woven net .. due to hundreds of thin ribbon-like rays that cross at right angles to the circular grain (most apparent on the end-grain area, inside and out). The color is a pleasing soft brown of Live Oak heartwood, but includes a distinctive oval patch of yellow-brown sapwood on the backside.

There are no pith-related cracks in this bowl but several very thin, dark-brown stained drying checks are present in the sapwood and outer portions of the heartwood on the back-side of the bowl. However, these are small and were reinforced with CA glue during the re-turning stage. At a present (measured) moisture content of ~11%, I believe that these are stable. After re-turning to round, the wall thickness is ~5/8" and the tenon is ~2-3/8". This bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.


Live Oak rough bowl 6-1 $25.00




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Live Oak rough bowl 6-2
5-5/8" diameter x ~2-5/8" height

This is another eye-catching, small rough-turned bowl in Texas Live Oak. The grain pattern is also the complex appearance of a tightly-woven net .. with hundreds of thin ribbon-like rays that cross at right angles to the circular grain (most apparent on the end-grain area, inside and out). The color is a pleasing soft brown of Live Oak heartwood, but includes a larger and distinctive oval patch of yellow-brown sapwood in the bottom, visible both inside and out.

There are no pith-related cracks in this bowl but several very thin, dark-brown stained drying checks are present in the sapwood and the very outermost portions of the heartwood. These are also present and visible both inside and out. Again, these are small and were reinforced with CA glue during the re-turning stage. At a present (measured) moisture content of ~11%, I believe that these are stable. After re-turning to round, the wall thickness is ~5/8" and the tenon is ~2-1/8". This bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.



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Live Oak rough bowl 6-2 $30.00


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Live Oak rough bowl 15-1
6-1/2" diameter x ~3-1/4" height

This is a very interesting, medium-size, rough-turned, recurved bowl in Texas Live Oak. The grain pattern is a very attractive, symmetrical pattern around the small pith of the original log, which runs thru the bottom of the bowl.

The really interesting, and eye-catching, feature is the cluster of long borer holes that are present on one side. Most of these holes are frass-filled and quite tight (reinforced with thin CA glue), but several are still open and you might choose to fill them with some attractive colored of metallic epoxy (I filled one larger, isolated hole with black epoxy. The colors are a light brown overall with darker grain stripes and still darker brown of the frass within the borer holes.

The wall thickness is ~3/4" after re-turning to round, leaving room for your creativity in the final rim style. With a ~2" tenon, this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.



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Live Oak rough bowl 15-1 $35.00




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Live Oak rough bowl 15-2
5-1/2" diameter x ~2-3/4" height

This is a very nice, small rough-turned bowl in Texas Live Oak. The grain pattern is the complex appearance of a tightly-woven net, with hundreds of thin ribbon-like rays that cross at right angles to the circular grain.

There are no pith-related cracks in this bowl but several very thin, drying checks are present in the upper portion of the rim. These checks are very tight and were reinforced with CA glue during the re-turning stage. After re-turning to round, the wall thickness is ~5/8" and ~3/4 near the bottom. The tenon is ~2-1/8". This bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.


Live Oak rough bowl 15-2 $20.00




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Live Oak rough bowl 15-3
5-1/2" diameter x ~2-3/4" height

This is a very nice, small rough-turned bowl in Texas Live Oak. The grain pattern is the complex appearance of a tightly-woven net, with hundreds of thin ribbon-like rays that cross at right angles to the circular grain.

I see no cracks or checks in this bowl but there are a number of small and irregular, borer holes on one side. Most are frass-filled but several are open and you might decide to fill them with an attractively-colored epoxy. After re-turning to round, the wall thickness is ~1/2" in the upper half and ~3/4 in the lower portion. The tenon is ~2-1/8". This bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.



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Live Oak rough bowl 15-3 $25.00




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Live Oak rough bowl 15-7
5" diameter x ~2" height

This is an eye-catching, very small rough-turned bowl in Texas Live Oak. The grain pattern is a complex and very pretty pattern of a tightly-woven, undulating net. The color is a pleasing soft brown of Live Oak heartwood, but includes a distinctive and attractive oval patch of dark brown bark on one side (bottom photo) and a small, tight stripe of included bark that crosses the rim (top photo).

There are no pith-related cracks in this bowl but several very thin drying checks are present in the outer portions of the heartwood (visible on the photo of the bottom). These are small and appear to be stable. After re-turning to round, the wall thickness is ~1/2" and the tenon is ~1-3/4". This bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.



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Live Oak rough bowl 15-7 $15.00







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Walnut rough bowl 5-1
5-3/8" diameter x ~2-3/4" height

This is a very nice small rough-turned bowl in Texas-grown Black Walnut. The pith has been cut out of this bowl. There was one small drying check on one side that I filled with black epoxy before re-turning the dried bowl to round; it turned out to be quite nice. I see no significant flaws.

The rim is ~1/2" thick after re-turning to round, and with a ~2-1/16" tenon, this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.



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Walnut rough bowl 5-1 $20.00








ASH - TEXAS, GREEN AND WHITE





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Texas White Ash rough bowl 6-1
5-1/2" diameter x ~3" height

This is a very nice, small rough-turned bowl in Texas White Ash. It has a strong and attractive grain, a very nice soft brown color and a gently inward-curving rim.

The rim thickness is ~1/2" after re-turning to round. With a ~2-3/16" tenon, this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.



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Texas White Ash rough bowl 6-1 $30.00




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Texas White Ash rough bowl 6-2
5-3/4" diameter x ~3" height

This is another very nice, small rough-turned bowl in Texas White Ash. It has a strong and attractive grain and a very nice soft brown color.

The thickness of that rim is ~5/8" after re-turning to round. The small "dimple" in the bottom will easily turn-out - I just did not continue the inside re-turning cuts quite as deep as I should have. With a ~2-3/16" tenon, this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn to finish.


Texas White Ash rough bowl 6-2 $30.00








MISCELLANEOUS WOOD, FROM TEXAS AND ELSEWHERE





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Magnolia rough bowl 15-6
5-7/8" diameter x ~3" height

This is an absolutely beautiful, medium-size rough-turned bowl in spalted Texas Magnolia. Those dramatic light-brown patches atop a creamy-brown background are the result of spalting of the wood. The boundary of each patch is defined by even darker-brown lines.

The pith has been cut out of this bowl, and I see no cracks, checks or other significant flaws. The side is ~5/8" thick after re-turning to round, and with a ~2" tenon, this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.



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Magnolia rough bowl 15-6 $40.00





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Hackberry rough bowl 6-1
5-7/8" diameter x ~3" height

This is a very nice small rough-turned bowl in beautifully spalted Texas Hackberry. Those dramatic black lines are pencil-line spalting which mark the boundaries of varying degrees of spalting. The primary color is the orange-brown of spalted Hackberry with creamy-brown, lesser-spalted areas within the pencil-line patterns.

The pith has been cut out of this bowl. I see no significant flaws. The side is ~5/8" thick after re-turning to round, and with a ~2-1/8" tenon, this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.



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Hackberry rough bowl 6-1 $30.00




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Hackberry rough bowl 6-2
5-3/4" diameter x ~3" height

This is another very nice small rough-turned bowl in beautifully spalted Texas Hackberry. Those dramatic black lines are pencil-line spalting which marks the boundaries of varying degrees of spalting. The primary color is the orange-brown of spalted Hackberry with creamy-brown, lesser-spalted areas within the pencil-line patterns.

The pith has been cut out of this bowl. I see no significant flaws. The side is ~5/8" thick after re-turning to round, and with a ~2-3/16" tenon, this bowl is ready for you to mount and final-turn (or just sand?) to finish.


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Hackberry rough bowl 6-2 $30.00




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Elm rough bowl 10-1
10-3/8" diameter x 2-1/2" height

This is a nice medium size, shallow rough-turned bowl in Texas Slippery Elm. The grain pattern is symmetrical and balanced, with colors in shades of beige and strong browns. The walls are ~5/8" thick after re-turning to round.

The original blank was cut close to the pith of the log and a pattern of small but prominent pith-related radial cracks are present at the rim on opposite sides of the bowl. These cracks were reinforced with CA glue when rough turning and are quite sound. I see no other structural flaws. It has a 2" tenon for chuck-mounting on your lathe.


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Elm rough bowl 10-1 $30.00


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Elm rough bowl 14-1
14" diameter x 5" height

This is a very nice large rough-turned bowl in Texas Slippery Elm. It has a very nice symmetrical grain pattern with colors in shades of beige and strong browns. I also left a large patch of bark on one side which should look quite interesting in a finished piece (you can certainly turn it off if you disagree!). The wall thickness is ~1-1/8" after re-turning to round.

This bowl blank was cut close to the pith and several thin radial cracks are present at the rim and upper sides. These are thin and should be readily reinforced and/or filled when finish-turning. There are no other structural flaws apparent. It has a 5" tenon (to fit my Stronghold chuck) for chuck-mounting on your lathe.


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Elm rough bowl 14-1 $60.00


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Eastern Redbud rough bowl 12-1
12" diameter x ~3-1/2" height

This is a large rough-turned bowl in Texas-grown Eastern Redbud. The colors are various rich shades of brown on a strong and very dramatic grain pattern.

The pith was cut out of this bowl but the tail end of one small pith-related radial crack is still present. I reinforced and filled that crack with thin CA glue when rough-turning - it appears to be quite stable.

The wall thickness is approximately 7/8" thick after re-turning. It has a ~2-1/8" tenon for chuck-mounting on your lathe.


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Eastern Redbud rough bowl 12-1 $55.00









Listing last updated 3 June 2016


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There is a possibility that I have more, either cut into blocks or in the rough log,
so I may be able to meet your specific requirements.
If not - send an email with your requirements and I will put it into my
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