Handcrafted Potpourri Purpleheart & Royal Paulownia Segmented Wooden Bowl with Antique Pewter Rose Lid
This is Royal Paulownia & Purpleheart segmented wooden bowl is made with wood purchased from an Amish, AR sawmill. It has thirty three pieces of Purpleheart & Royal Paulownia glued together. This provides two benefits over turning a bowl from a solid blank. First, there’s less waste of wood because the blank will already be hollow. Second, when turning, you’re nearly always cutting with the grain of the wood, rather than across it. The exception being the disk at the bottom. This reduces tearing, wear on the tools, and makes mounds of those shaving ribbons that are so satisfying to watch fountain off the work-piece and pile up on the floor.
Royal Paulownia wood is known by a variety of names – Empress tree, Kiri tree, Sapphire Princess, Royal Paulownia, Princess tree, and Kawakami. The most common name, Royal Paulownia, is said to honor Princess Anna Pavlonia (1795-1865), daughter of Russia’s Czar Paul I. Native to China, the tree was first mentioned in an encyclopedia around 1000 B.C. The Chinese cultivated the Paulownia tree extensively because of its omen for good fortune. Paulowniamade its way to Japan, where it was valued for its light, but strong wood. It had a variety of uses from housing materials to wooden footwear. Japanese custom once held that when a daughter is born, a Paulownia tree should be planted. When she marries, the tree is then harvested to build her dowry chest and furniture..
Purpleheart is an exotic wood with mechanical properties of the wood are reported to lie somewhere between those of Greenheart and Oak. It is reported to have exceptional tolerance for shock loading.Purpleheart is reported to be highly desired by hobbyists and craftsmen who use the hard heavy wood in small projects..
A Royal Paulownia & Purpleheart – hand tuned, one-of-a-kind bowl suitable for offerings, display, dried herbs etc . . . Finish is satin hand rubbed and food safe.
This bowl was hand crafted and turned on my wood lathe.
Remember there is only one of this bowl making it a unique. No two pieces are the same. Each will have different grain patterns and colors.
Dimensions: Diameter 5 1/4 inches by 2 1/2 high
Hand Crafted on My Lathe by: Jeff Smith
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