wooden salad bowl
Yikes! My black walnut wood salad bowl was left partially soaking in the kitchen sink (not by me!) and it is now rough and slightly swollen on the inside bottom. Any one know how and if I can recondition this? Thank you.
Let it dry for a couple of days (weeks?).
sand it a little to remove the rough edges and recondition with mineral oil.
How? Very slowly, as in your oven, heat OFF and the door OPEN so that all the heat you get is from the lightbulb. It may take days or weeks
If? Maybe. I would expect some warping, and would not be surprised if it checks or cracks. I have a 100+-yr-old black walnut bowl that hasn't been abused, but a century of washing and drying has twisted it up some. But I kind of like that.
You *can* have wooden bowls like these stabilized by putting them in a vacuum chamber and impregnating them with epoxy resin. That will make them dimensionally very stable even if you soak them. But I would also seal the interior surface afterward if you go that route.
The replies you are getting might assume that your bowl is one piece. I have two one piece salad bowls, but my black walnut bowl is made from multiple pieces, rings really, glued together in a cone shape, and then finished. The crooked bowls described here could be older bowls made from one piece of wood, and they are scarce now, unless imported.
I would carefully dry it. Wait to see how it dries. You might have to refinish it with the proper oil. (Can't help you there.) But it might be OK after drying, or at least usable.
Did you buy yours in Missouri?
Yes, my bowl appears to be several pieces somehow attached so tightly that after years of use it feels . . . felt like one smooth piece, It had a beautiful patina. We would make vinaigrette right in the bowl and it emulsified nicely, giving the wood luster. I got mine in Iowa 25-30 years ago.
Just wondering what is the advantage of trying to speed up the drying process? Will that somehow enhance the dimensional stability of the wood?
I have the distinct joy of sorting through batches of kiln dried dimensional lumber for straight and true framing studs and find the success rate is about 1 per 10 so while the drying process is critical just wondering how heat helps dimensional stability if that is the goal here?