My bowls are made to be used, but it is important to give them proper care. They are most suitable as servers for parties and special occasions. They can also take a purely aesthetic role in your interior or art collection. Some bowls are more fragile that others.
Suitable foods that will not cause trouble. Salads with oil based dressings, fruit and vegetables (whole or sliced), nuts, chips and crackers, olives, cold cuts, most chesses. Most salsas are fine. Beets are beautiful but may cause dark staining
After use, wash your bowl briefly with warm water. Mild dish detergent is fine, but do not soak. Never put your wooden bowl in a dish washer or similar harsh environment.
With age and use your bowl will change in appearance. The natural oil finish wears well; some people prefer the patina taken on over time.
Maintenance consists of occasional re-oiling. (This will also tend to hide any scratches or dings that may have occurred with use.) The original finish is cold pressed flaxseed oil mixed with a little citrus peel solvent. Coat the surface, wait about 1/2 hour, then wipe off any excess. Flaxseed oil can be purchased at most quality food stores. Citrus peel solvent is available from suppliers of green and/or natural building supplies.
Bowls that have bark on one side are particularly fragile in that area. The bark has been partially stabilized and hardened with super thin penetrating epoxy. Weak bark areas may also be back-filled with colored epoxy. With use, it’s possible that pieces of bark may come loose. If this should happen the owner has to accept that the bowl has changed. Accept reality.
Other peculiarities. The beautiful woods used for these bowls might include checks, cracks, soft sapwood, cavities, and naturally weathered surfaces. Some elements that make these pieces attractive also constitute areas where considerable attention has been given to maintain these features. All known problems are treated during the carving process. This can include: use of various glues and adhesives, very thin penetrating epoxy and thickened epoxy, inlaid butterfly patches and other remedies.
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