Bodark Bowl Blank B-738 7" x 7" x 4"

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Bodark Bowl Blank B-738
7" x 7" x 4"
8.25 lbs.

This is a very nice half-log bowl blank of Texas Bodark (Osage Orange). Suitable for a bowl of approximately 7 inches in diameter and 3 to 4 inches deep.  It was cut out of a very large, old, and spalted Texas Bodark.  It has been air-dried for years, reaching a stable moisture content of 10-12%. 

The present basic color is a reddish-streaked, golden yellow, typical of spalted Bodark heartwood. The golden yellow color will turn to a strong and absolutely beautiful golden brown with age and sunlight. The numerous patches and streaks of reddish spalt staining will deepen in color through time and provide some fascinating contrast in your finished bowl.

The old bark was quite loose and has been stripped completely from the back side, but that black, knobby sub-bark surface is quite interesting and could look very interesting as the rim of a natural-edge bowl.

The only flaws that I see are small drying checks on the back edge (below and into the sub-bark surface and on the end-grain area of opposite sides).  You can scroll down through the photographs to get a closer look at these.  If I were turning this blank, those checks would be reinforced with thin/medium CA glue and the blank mounted and turned as a Natural Edge bowl form ... most if not all of those checks should turn off. I see no other significant flaws.