This is a unique small bowl that represents close friends or neighbors and the struggle to live around each other. This burl was actually a large knob on a birch trunk that was apparently formed by scar tissue. The scar tissue was caused by a branch from a neighbor tree that was pinned between the two trunks. Every time the wind blew the trees would rub raw, and scar tissue ended up encasing the branch and ultimately killing it. I am not sure of the specie of the branch. I believe it was a Maple but the branch itself is too decayed to be certain. It is hard to believe they remained together through the turning process. The bark from both trees is evident in between them, but unfortunately the branch itself was fairly decayed so the bottom of the bowl is very uneven. I almost filled it with clear resin but the natural look seems to depict the struggle they had. It is 5-1/2" in diameter and only 2-7/8" tall. The inside depth ranges up to 2-1/4" deep. It has been sealed with two coats of oil based polyurethane.
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