Winter work at the Studio

Brian Markham holds a Big Leaf Maple Burl Bowl in his Rebecca Lake workshop.

Winter in my studio is quiet, with little interruption, and lots of time to experiment with techniques and new directions for my wood turning. I sort through my collection of burls and search for new and interesting wood. Throughout the fall, I worked on commissions for tables and bowls for customers and enjoyed the pleasure of delivering the completed work.

My workshop is filled with bowls in various stages of completion from the raw bark-covered growths that I shape and prepare for the lathe, to the burls on chucks, partially turned or between coats of oil. The natural, textured beauty of burl and wood tables, bowls, platters and charcuterie boards tells the story of the tree from which they were created. Each piece has a unique history and is beautiful, practical and will add food-safe natural art to your home.

If you would like to own a statement piece of Muskoka wood art, please contact me for an appointment at or join me at the Artists of the Limberlost Studio Tour on August 15 & 16 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Burl Bowls in various stages of completion, drying between many coats of food-safe oil.

The live edge Big Leaf Maple Burl Bowl is on its chuck drying as each coat of protective oil is applied.

The bottom of this distinctively figured Sugar Maple Burl Bowl has been turned on the lathe. It has a graceful shape and a pedestal bottom.

A live-edge Cedar Burl Bowl with warm, rich colouring.

Redwood Burl Platter with deep shades of red and dramatic figuring.