Hackberry Bowl Blank HB-421
8" x 9" x 5"
This is an attractive half-log bowl blank of Texas-grown Hackberry, Celtis occidentalis. The overall color is the various shades of brown of Hackberry heartwood along with some attractive mineralization streaks, with a complete darker brown bark on the backside.
At the moment, the knobby Hackberry bark is tight and complete so a "barky" natural-edge bowl is possible. With the bark on the backside, you have the option of turning a conventional bowl or a "barky" natural-edge bowl. However, if you want a full bark edge on the "natural" rim, you will need to secure the bark with CA glue before and possibly during turning.
There is no pith present in this block. There are some minor end-grain cracks present that you may wish to reinforce with CA glue.
This is a GREEN to partially air-dried bowl blank, meaning that it still retains a lot of its original moisture from when it was a living tree. It has been well-sealed with Anchor Seal and/or paint and is in the process of slowly drying. It has been heat-treated to eliminate any gnawing critters. It was measured at ~20% MC in May 2022. If you need a current moisture content, please message us and we'll check its status for you.
About the Tree
This tree lived a long and happy life in Missouri City, Texas. It was cleared in August, 2021 from a densely-treed lot being developed as a home site. We were happy to be able to rescue the tree from a burn pile. We're glad that you'll be able to give it continued life through your woodcraft.