Michael Finkelstein, Eco-Woodturner
                                                              COMMISSIONED WORK

I undertake Commissioned Work for unique, one-of-a-kind  collectible bowls, nested sets , platters, hollow-forms and
pens  which I craft in my Toronto studio/workshop, from local recycled logs of fallen trees.  My handcrafted bowls,
platters and pens are an ideal personalized gift for all special occasions.  

Have you lost a tree to weather or disease? I will wood-turn your fallen tree into memorable utility bowls and platters or
works of art.   I can also engrave your family name, street, date etc., on the bottom foot of each piece.  
Each unique piece is numbered and signed by me.
Logs with
burls  as well as crotch wood* generally produce the highest figure in the wood grain.  

Please browse through the
Gallery sections of my website to view a sampling of my previous work.  
Shopping section maintains a selection of current works for sale.
how I transform a client's log into an heirloom bowl

I hope that my work style captures your imagination and inspires you.

call me to discuss your personal requirements.

*Crotch Wood definition from Wikipedia:  the section of a tree where a branch divides from the trunk, or the trunk divides in two; typically an area of convoluted
grain.  URL:  
Bowls in a Tree
One-of-a-kind Art Works
Silver Maple Burl Hollow-form #883
Oak Burl Hollow-form #1000
Commissioned Work ~ Client's Birch Log
Wet log received in Sept.09 ~ Work Completed Dec'09
Birch Crotch Log
about 5' long x 12"
oblong shape
Sep.2009: cut  into 9  1/2-section logs
shows the outside bark & crotch seams
Design Plan ~ Inside Sidegrain
templates used to size the bowl
and pen blanks on the 9 pieces.
The crotch figure is highlighted in
the center of each piece
Rough-turned bowls + 13 pen blanks
Yield = 5 natural edge bowls
11 mid/small size bowls
10 ~ 12 pens
Finished 15 bowls + pens
Handcrafted from environmentally recycled trees
Contact & Ordering Info
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Examples of local trees and shrubs with nice grain/colour

Manitoba Maple (box elder) with natural red stain colour
Red Maple, sugar maple, birch, red oak, walnut & walnut root
Fruitwoods like plum, cherry, apple & pear
Horse chestnut, tulipwood, staghorn sumac, red juniper, smoke bush