Back in the 1800′s the demand for large wooden bowls for making bread and for mixing and serving food kept many bowl mills in operation. The Great Alaskan Bowl Companyof Fairbanks, Alaska, is one of only a very few mills operating that use equipment designed from the machinery developed over a hundred years ago. By cutting only two to five 13″ or larger trees per acre The Great Alaskan Bowl Company is a responsible steward of the forest. This process promotes a healthier forest by allowing some sunlight to reach the smaller developing trees. The freshly cut green logs (40-60% moisture content) are cut into lengths the width of the tree and split for turning. This process allows us to create up to 8 one-piece solid birch hardwood bowls ranging from 22 inches to 7 inches in diameter – all from a single split length. After the bowls have been cut, they are sorted and stacked on carts for drying. The kiln drying process takes 4-6 days to complete and is the most critical step in the production process. Progressive kiln monitors both the heat and moisture content and the bowls are removed when the moisture content reaches 6-10%. Because of our unique drying process we have less than 3% loss. Each bowl is then individually sanded and branded before the food safe oil finish is applied. The bowls are dipped and coated with a unique blend of seed oil, carotene, vitamin E and lemon oil that penetrates, conditions and seals the wood. This produces an all-natural finish ready for popcorn, salad, fruit and many other uses. . .
The Alaskan 3 Bowl Family Tree Set includes three bowls (sizes 7″, 9″, 11″) all cut from the same block of Alaskan birch wood with one-of-a-kind matching grain pattern. Each bowl is hand sanded and then oiled with our Block Bros. Block Oil. Not just for holding dry goods, the bowls may be used for serving snacks, popcorn, dressed salads, fruits, ice cream, chili or used as kitchen mixing bowls for batters. Included with the bowl is a bowl display stand that may be personalized with up to three lines of text in choice of font. Also included with the set is a bottle of the Block Bros. Block Oil.