The Oaken Bowl strives to be eco-friendly. We use downed trees, trees that have fallen in storms or are being removed for construction, for crafting wood products. Our mission is to provide the best artfully crafted wood products for every day use.
Every bowl has a story
Each individual item in our catalog has a story – where the log came from, what happened to cause the tree to fall, the artist and their style, and the intended use.
Many of our products use spalted wood. Spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi. Although primarily found in dead trees, spalting can also occur in living trees under stress or even in thriving trees. Spalting produces unique coloration and patterns in the wood.
Zone lines, dark dotting, winding lines and thin streaks of red, brown and black are interaction zones in which different fungi have erected barriers to protect their resources.
Most of the spalting fungi do not produce the mycotoxin necessary to cause human harm. There are exceptions, of course, but in general wood decaying fungi do not represent a threat to humans (there is a big difference between a mold fungus and a decay fungus).
Products intended for use as home furnishings, such as vases, in this catalog are finished with Tung Oil and a high grade furniture wax. Products intended for use in the kitchen or dining are finished with food-safe walnut oil and beeswax.