A tough decision ... "will we keep it in the villa here in Port Douglas or take it back to the United States? This was the quandary facing two of my American clients recently when they purchased one of my fine display bowls.

Fine Bowl in Yellow Stringybark Burl (Burr)

The purchase was made in my market stall on a day when the weather was awful ... raining and blowing ... and the weather radar wasn't showing much chance of improvement for the morning. I had almost made up my mind to give in and go home and 'they' had no real intention of coming to market. Luckily for all of us, divine forces intervened.

Fine Bowl in Yellow Stringybark Burl (Burr) Fine Bowl in Yellow Stringybark Burl (Burr)

I completed this piece in September 2014 from a locally-cut burl (burr) of a Yellow Stringybark tree. As with a lot of my larger works, I had rough shaped the bowl a long time before ... in fact, in September 2006 when I initially bought the timber blank.

This is quite a large bowl form, measuring 51 cm (20") x 45 cm (18") and 12.5 cm (5") high. The wood is intensely patterned and has a complicated grain structure. The bowl features an almost complete natural edge.

Fine Bowl in Yellow Stringybark Burl (Burr)

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