About Good Wolf Bowls


A Little About Me

Hi, I'm Mike Denney and I live in rural southeast Minnesota with my wife and family.  I've been woodworking as a hobby for almost 35 years, doing mostly cabinetry work such as dressers, tables, kitchen cabinets and such.

Lately however, I've found a new passion, and that is wood-turning. I've been learning from some of the best in the business and have my own style, which is to simply bring out the beauty in the wood as best I can.  I like to use wood with 'character', such as knots, inclusions, burls, cracks, and even a bit of rot.


How Are They Made?

All of the wood I use is from already downed trees.  I get quite a bit of wood from the leftovers of logging activity, and have a logger friend who brings me 'interesting' pieces such as burls and crotches.  There's also a brush dump down the road that has let me dig through their pile of stumps.  And finally, friends and neighbors keep me well supplied with storm-damaged trees. 

I get a lot of walnut and box elder with some white oak, ash, silver maple, sugar maple, red elm, honey locust, apple, and even buckthorn (nasty invasive, but pretty wood).  There's lots of black cherry and hickory in the area too, but apparently they don't blow down as often as the others.  With all this local wood available, I never purchase or work with exotics.

Here's my bowl making process: 

  1. I turn all of this wood while it's green, meaning it has not dried out yet
  2.  After turning the bowl,  I set it aside to dry for a few weeks
  3. Once it's dry, I sand it smooth so no toolmarks or sanding marks can be seen.
  4. I then seal the bowl with shellac and olive oil.  This finish can be washed with mild soap and water and  re-treated with an oil of your choosing (or no oil at all if you like the bare shellac finish, which many people do).

Shellac is a food-grade finish that I'm sure you've consumed at one time or another because it's used in the food industry.  It's a natural finish made from insects, and this nature-nut loves it!

Note: some of the vases have an epoxy coating on the inside to make them waterproof.  But if you decide to drink out of it, it's still food-safe :-


Our Guarantee

If you're not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, please contact us for a refund or replacement.  Our only goal is to make you happy.


About Us

Why are we called 'Good Wolf Bowls'?


 First off, Good Wolf Bowls makes more than bowls.  We also make vases, kitchen utensil holders, covered containers, ring holders and more.  But all that would not fit, and bowls were what got me interested in the first place.   So why 'Good Wolf'?  This originates from the story about the Native American boy struggling with good and bad thoughts, which were eventually personified as wolves. The boy's father said his inner conflict arose from the fighting of the good wolf and the bad wolf, and the one that wins is the one that you feed, or devote time to.  Making bowls and such feeds my good wolf, thus the name.