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Brown Mallee Burl Bowl by Gordon Tang 1.75″H x 6.25″D $150 (Sold)


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Brown Mallee Burl Bowl by Gordon Tang 1.75″H x 6.25″D $150



Gordon Tang’s traditional Hawaiian shapes are widely appreciated by collectors of Hawaiiana both for functional and decorative purposes. A number of people collect his bowls for poi supper, luckies!

Brown Mallee

As opposed to Red Mallee, the appellation Brown Mallee doesn’t refer to a specific tree of the same name, but rather describes burl pieces from various Eucalyptus species where the wood itself is brown in color.

A burl is a growth on a tree in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner, so finding pieces large enough to work with is difficult. Sought for is unusual bark and striking red color, you will rarely see it used for anything larger than pens and bowls. The Heartwood ranges from pink to orangish red. Pale yellow to gray sapwood is sharply demarcated from heartwood. Nearly always seen in burl form.

The term mallee refers to a species’ general growth form (known as a “habit” in biology). Usually smaller and shorter than trees, mallees grow multiple smaller-diameter stems from a common root system. Because of this, most mallee species are ill suited for lumber, though they do have a propensity for burl growths that can be harvested and used for turning and other small specialty projects.


The dimensions listed in the ‘additional information’ tab includes packing for shipment.


Brown Mallee Burl Bowl by Gordon Tang 1.75″H x 6.25″D $150

Additional information

Weight 6.2 lbs
Dimensions 7.75 × 12.25 × 12.25 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074