Well, this bowl is nothing short of exceptional. Sorry about the price, but it takes a lot of work to walk a chunk of wood through this process to becoming a large solid bowl. My kids each have one a little smaller, my son and wife use it as a popcorn bowl. My youngest daughter uses hers as a fruit bowl, and middle daughter keeps breads in it on the counter. The grain is magnificent, and the 7 inch depth makes it a great size for large salads. Ed, the bowl maker has christened this bowl as "respect and bravery".
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. #717