For admirers of burl wood art objects, this bowl made of gimlet gum in Australia is a treasure. The gimlet gum tree, a member of the eucalyptus family, produces burls that are valued highly and priced accordingly. This bowl retains the knobby, very rough bark on its underside, made from the "cap" of the burl, with a burnt look as though it were in a fire. The bowl's edge is a natural one, not trimmed and planed. The interior of the bowl was polished to a silky smoothness and is embellished with threads of pewter in its grain, lending an even more exotic look. The base is pewter also, formed in an irregular shape to mimic the shape of the bowl.
The bottom of the base is felted in green and bears the labels: "Item #16 Gimlet Gum Australia" and "Taylormade of Epping Wood & Metal Objet d'Art Designed And handcrafted by Sidney" (Epping is a suburb of Melbourne). The length is 12 inches, it's 10 inches front to back at the furthest points of the irregular rim and it's about 4 inches tall. The glossy base is about 4 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. This work of art weighs a little over 4 pounds and is in excellent condition, ready to be a bold and eye-catching display.
FYI: For a fascinating look at how these burls are sourced--and you can also see prices--check out this site.