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Which Type of Wood Should You Choose for Your Bowls?

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Each type of wood is unique in its way, offering different textures and colors. Just take a look at nature and observe how every tree stands unique, offering a beauty of its own. At Holland Bowl Mill, we offer a variety of wood turning bowls that showcase the most beautiful aspects of each tree.

Holland Bowl Mill crafts its bowls from American hardwoods including Beech, Cherry, Hard Maple, Red Oak and Walnut using timber harvested from forests throughout Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. The wood from these trees can be crafted into durable bowls and other kitchenware that can last a lifetime. Besides the look, each type of timber offers different characteristics both during the crafting process and in the final result.

Beech: The American Beech can grow to a height of 50-70 feet, and was a sign of fertile soil to early settlers. This very sturdy wood is often used in furniture and flooring. It generally produces a light tan colored bowl, sometimes adding a hint of red. Beech makes an excellent choice for chopping bowls.

Cherry: The cherry tree grows primarily in the Eastern United States, and is the focus of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. The straight grain varies in color from a vibrant red to a subtle reddish brown, and the strong, hardwood is valued for furniture as well.

Hard Maple: As one of America’s best-loved trees, more states have claimed the Sugar Maple their state tree than any other (New York, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Vermont). The sapwood creates a creamy white color with a hint of reddish brown, and the heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown. The durable and robust maple is an excellent choice for cutting boards.

Red Oak: The red oak is respected for its adaptability and usefulness, and is also well known for its beautiful fall colors. The northern red oak has a reddish brown appearance with a coarse grain. Although native to North America, the red oak was introduced to Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries and is now naturally found throughout western and central Europe.

Walnut: The heartwood from the black walnut tree features light to dark brown and can occasionally take on a purple hue. Bowls made from walnut wood can offer the most varied natural designs, blending both light and dark shades. The actual walnuts that grow on these trees also provide many nutritional benefits.

Regardless of the type of wood you choose, you can be confident that any bowl purchased from Holland Bowl Mill will look amazing and last a lifetime. Get your own set of bowls by adding them to your shopping cart, or call us at (616) 396-6513 to place your order.