Friday, January 25, 2019

Hunting and Gathering: Find of the Month

Hi Friends! Today, I'm starting a new feature called 
where I'll share a specific treasure recently found.

I'm sharing something today that I've been hunting for some time -- 
a large old hand-crafted wooden bowl. 
Found at an antique mall for $17!
Age unknown, possibly fifty years old or even older.

I love the warmth of old wood and in the case of this bowl, 
I especially treasure the marks left by much-loved use. 

From the Internet I've learned that these big bowls
were used for mixing dough for bread and biscuits.

Over time, however, people stopped using them for cooking
because the wood held bacteria and was difficult to clean. 
Today, we can't sterilize them in the dishwasher so we use them for decor.

These beautiful bowls work equally well in a modern room as a chic sculpture
or in a farmhouse-styled room as a primitive touch.

Not being an expert on these things, I believe this bowl, which is quite heavy, was turned on a lathe as opposed to hand carving. Looking closely, you can see the ridges from the turning tools. 

The warmth of the wood looks so beautiful with pine cones, nuts, apples, 

or even Native American beadwork.

I can picture it filled with antlers on the coffee table in front of a roaring fire. 
I'll have to retrieve our antlers from the cabin when it's not snowed in.
That might not be until May! Ha!

Roxy doesn't seem to have any interest in old bowls
unless there's food in them!

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying trying the bowl in different places 
and am so glad I found this treasure.
Happy Hunting Everyone!


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  1. Great find . . . I love that little drop leaf table, too :)

  2. I love the old wooden bowls. I have one . I don 't put food in mine due to the fact we don't use the dishwasher anymore. The one thing that didn't end up in your bowl was Roxie.

  3. I have an old wooden bowl and the wooden spoon that goes with it. We don't use it for food. The one thing that didn't end up in the bowl was Roxie. lol

  4. I love your bowl, i do have a big one myself and some old utensils,love wood. Have fun styling it so i will have some ideas!!

  5. I like seeing wooden bowls or bread boards styled for the seasons, especially fall & winter. I found a small bowl stamped Dillingham, Hart MI at a thrift store for 69 cents 2 weeks ago. Hart is just a few miles from where my dad was raised. Per internet, there was a factory there in 40's & 50's. I want to plop a pumpkin in it this year. thanks

  6. This is a wonderful find. Looks great with food or whatever you want. If you sew, this could hold lace or fabric pieces, maybe yarn. It is very versatile. Probably I would use it for all the lemons we get from our tree. Nice find!

  7. That is a marvelous rustic piece, perfect for a cabin in the mountains.

  8. I love old wooden bowls and yours is certainly a keeper! Great find! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen