Ed knows each of his bowls on a very personal level. He knows where the tree came from, and cares about the history of that tree. This beautiful bowl came from Ginny's tree, if you live in Monson, you may know who Ginny is. This tree lived a long life before it had to be taken down. It grew more along the driveway in to camp, across from what became her winter quarters, since the camp didn't have water in the winter. Anyone coming to the camp would have gone past this white birch. Ginny's uncle who built the camp in 1938, Ginny and her two husbands, their daughter and her husband, granddaughter, finally her great-granddaughter who lived with her (Ginny) the year before Ginny died. The great-granddaughter would sometimes hang around while we played cribbage.
It is almost 12 inches across, and 2 1/2 inches in height. These are hand-made wooden bowls, created one at a time from local trees, in Ed Hoovler's Monson workshop. From the time a tree is identified as a possible source of interesting, useful, well-crafted bowls to the end of the finishing and buffing process, nearly a year passes. The wood is shaped, set off to dry for 6+ months, given its final shape, hand-sanded in a 10-step procedure, finished in a 6-step technique and, finally, buffed in three-step operation. Theses bowls are meant to be used and are easy to maintain. Wash in warm soap and water, then dry with a soft cloth. Do not soak and do not use in a microwave. When the finish becomes dull over the course of time, renew with a liberal hand application of mineral oil, allow to sit for 30 minutes, then polish with a soft cloth.