The timber merchant who I purchase most of my rough sawn wood from (for making utensils :: Forest Treasures) was cleaning out his warehouse a little while back and unearthed a number of slabs of Queensland Maple and other local species. Most of the maple was highly figured premium stock. I bought as much as I could afford ... especially since most of it was probably cut at least 20 years ago.

Fine Bowl in Figured Queensland Maple by Bob Gilmour Fine Bowl in Figured Queensland Maple by Bob Gilmour

The wood I made this bowl from was typical of the figuring through most of this stock. It wasn’t the most figured maple I had ever seen, but it certainly was very nice.

The shape worked nicely and I managed to incorporate a little bit of natural edge to juxtapose the uniformity. The finish is pretty much satin with just enough gloss to bring out the highlights in the figuring.

Finally, have a look at the range of fine utensils and homewares that I create at FOREST TREASURES.