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Keep with a little oil and keep the memories for a hundred years  


“Researchers have found that wood cutting-boards are less likely to harbor bacteria than plastic…” (www.rodalenews.com/natural-disinfectant?)


Wash your wooden bowl with mild dish soap after use and wipe dry immediately and rinse with some very hot water.

Big River Folk Art woodenware is finished with heat-treated walnut oil or pure Tung oil, which will eventually dry within the gain of the wood, but you can use a light treatment of mineral oil from the drug store to keep your woodenware in good condition. (I have used olive oil without problems with rancidity for years, but rancidity is a possibility with vegetable oils.) Wiping the wooden serving bowl with white vinegar before oiling will deal with bacteria and let it set for a few minutes, if that is a concern. A heavy dose of coarse salt can be added to the oil and rubbed in to scour a surface with extraneous matter, though this is not usually necessary. And the addition of salt helps with bacteria. Or, add a small amount of hydrogen peroxide 3% (from the pharmacy) for a more effective procedure for dealing with bacteria.*


After years of use, should the odor of wine or balsamic vinegar become evident, coat the surface with baking soda and let sit a day or two. Then wipe with white vinegar and oil as usual. The white vinegar will sweeten the wood. (This treatment may also help re-condition woodenware passed down through the family over the years.)


Questions or suggestions, email me: john@bigriverfolkart.com


*(Most of this information is from my research with web sites like www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. I am not an expert in bacteriology, but my personal experience has made me comfortable with the above procedures. Feel free to do your own research, because you are the one that needs to feel comfortable with your personal safety.)


Double Beaded Rim Salad Bowl

A shallow bowl perfect for a spinach salad topped with bright red tomatoes and slices of purple onion or a crispy Caesar salad.

11 1/2’ x 1 3/4” Silver Maple treated with pure Tung oil and coated with Walnut oil and bees’ wax.

Contact me by cell phone or email from the contact page for purchase.

$90.00 + tax and $17.00 shipping


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A Simple and Elegant 8 5/8” Serving Bowl

A beautiful bowl that one could stare at most of the day. Mother Nature did such a grand job with this piece of Silver Maple. There’s subtle grays and caramel coloring with wavy grain, and it is treated with pure Tung oil and coated with Walnut oil and bees’ wax and ready for the dinner table.

Contact me by cell phone or email from the contact page for purchase.

$70.00 + tax and $17.00 shipping

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…of the old World

This is a bowl filled with stories that only an old tree observes through the decades. At 10 ¼” x 3 ½” this is a great bowl for serving a dark green salad, mashed sweet potatoes, or about any food you wish. It will help you impress your dinner guests or even serve you every day for years to come.

It is treated with pure Tung oil and coated with Walnut oil and bees’ wax and ready for the dinner table.

Contact me by cell phone or email from the contact page for purchase.

$95.00 + tax and $17.00 shipping

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Mother Nature does odd things

This bowl is Silver Maple and the same specie of wood as the bowl above, but wha-at a difference. This bowl is 11 ¼” x 3 ½” with a textured rim. The rim is like a frame emphasizing your favorite recipe.

It is treated with pure dark Tung oil and coated with Walnut oil and bees’ wax and ready for the dinner table.

Contact me by cell phone or email from the contact page for purchase.

$90.00 + tax and $17.00 shipping

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Two Mated Bowls

Do the roll-over and check out the decorative bead on these two Mormon Poplar bowls. One is 10” X 3” and the other is 7 ¼” by 2”.

They are treated with pure Tung oil and coated with Walnut oil and bees’ wax and ready for the dinner table.

Contact me by cell phone or email from the contact page for purchase.

$110.00 + tax and $17.00 shipping

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Another set mated for life…

This set if about the same as the previous two-bowl set and also turned from Mormon Poplar.

They are treated with pure Tung oil and coated with Walnut oil and bees’ wax and ready for the dinner table.

Contact me by cell phone or email from the contact page for purchase.

$110.00 + tax and $17.00 shipping

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