Drunken Aspen

Drunken Aspen

Wood: Aspen
Dimensions: Measures 6 3/4 inches wide and stands 4 1/2 inches tall
Finish: Danish OIl
For Indoor Use Only; Not For Use With Food

Like the Drunken Aspen Fish Bowl, this bowl also has the classic round fish bowl shape. This one is just slightly smaller.

I call it "drunken" because of the way I applied the finish. The bowl soaked in a bucket of Danish Oil for at least a week. During that time the finish soaked deep into the fibers of the wood.

Wood that has soaked ends up with different colors and texture than wood that has had the finish applied only to the top. Aspen is generally very light in color with the grain patterns hidden. Soaking in Danish Oil brings out all those lovely characteristics.
After all the soaking it takes at least another week, sometimes as much as a month, for the piece to dry. During that time there is a process of polishing and rotating. It's rather boring but it makes for a beautiful bowl.

Word gets around that I rescue broken furniture and orphaned logs. Sometimes bits of wood will pass from one person to another before they end up with me. That's how I ended up with a small pile of aspen.

This is a heavy bowl sturdy able to hold the janitor's keys and then some. It also has enough character to stand on its own as a focal piece. If you are looking to make a larger grouping of items, it's just the right size to put next to the Drunken Aspen Fish Bowl because it is a tiny bit smaller. Add a tall, slender vase and tiny figurine or chunk of crystal and voila!