Old Growth American Chestnut Bowl


Amazing and rare large wood bowl created from old growth American Chestnut wood.
This bowl was created from wood found in an old sawmill that was undergoing renovations. It is old growth American Chestnut that has been made more beautiful by powderpost beetles. Because the old growth American Chestnut is extinct due to blight, it is extremely rare. Likely the only piece of old growth American Chestnut wood I’ll ever get my hands on.
You can own this fine decorative wood bowl to showcase in your home or office. It’s one of natures beautiful pieces.
Measuring 13 inches across, I’ve left the rim uncut by my tools for admirers to view the old sawmill marks and warping from the drying process more than 100 years ago..

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Old Growth American Chestnut Wood Bowl

The wood used to make this bowl is near extinct old growth American Chestnut wood. The American Chestnut tree went near extinct about 100 years ago due to blight.

Find more info here at the ACF. The trees are found now and again, but quickly die off due to the blight.

A stunning example of an American Chestnut wood bowl. Typically one will find old growth chestnut with a bug hole or track here or there.

This wood is full of character by way of hundreds of bug holes and tracks created by powderpost beetled. The beetles had infested a barn where this wood was stored for nearly 100 years.

Kimball Mill

This particular piece of wood was found in the back of an old sawmill in Grafton, New Hampshire called the Kimball Mill. It is currently undergoing renovations by our local preservation society.

Old growth American Chestnut is very hard to find and very valuable. Even more so when it has this amount of character in it.

The holes created by the powderpost beetles go all the way through the bowl; one can even hold the bowl up to the light and see straight through the holes in then bottom of the bowl.

Turned Wood American Chestnut Bowl

The bowl measures 13 inches in diameter and was hand turned on my wood lathe. I took extreme care while turning, keeping the wood spinning at low speeds. Slow and steady I cut the wood with chisels into a beautiful bowl shape. It sits on a foot which raises it up off the table and invites the viewer to pick it up.

I deliberately left the top rim of the bowl “natural”, exactly the way it was cut 100 years ago and left to dry. This means you’ll see old saw marks along the top of the rim. It adds quite a bit of intrigue and character to the bowl.

The process of drying the wood at the mill over 100 years ago also allowed the wood to warp, which is a distinguished characteristic in this bowl. The rim of the bowl rolls in a beautiful warped fashion.

When I say this bowl is full of character, I really mean it!

After cutting the bowl to it’s final shape, I carefully and meticulously sanded every inch by hand from 120 grit sandpaper through 600 grit sandpaper.

After sanding the entire bowl smooth, I spend hours and hours cleaning out each hole with a toothpick and compressed air.

Due to the amount of beetle holes all throughout the wood, though the bowl is large, it is surprisingly light to handle.

After sanding the bowl, I engraved the Art Of Turning on the bottom and did one final clean out of all the bug holes and tracks.

I then applied three coats of quality polyurethane for a lasting luster.

Many many careful hours went into saving this piece of very rare American chestnut wood and crafting this beautiful wooden bowl.

You will certainly enjoy this piece of history in your home as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

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Thank you for supporting small businesses like mine. I know you’ll love your new bowl.

Old Growth American Chestnut Bowl
Old Growth American Chestnut Bowl
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