The Great Alaskan Bowl Company is a family run business that was established in 1991 by Lewis Bratcher to serve local and nationwide needs for a quality, one piece wooden bowl product. The company is now managed by his daughter, Emily. It is one of only a very few mills operating that use equipment designed from the machinery developed over a hundred years ago.
By cutting only two to five 13″ or larger trees per acre The Great Alaskan Bowl Company is a responsible steward of the forest. This process promotes a healthier forest by allowing some sunlight to reach the smaller developing trees. The freshly cut green logs (40-60% moisture content) are cut into lengths the width of the tree and split for turning. This process allows them to create up to 8 one-piece solid birch hardwood bowls ranging from 22 inches to 7 inches in diameter – all from a single split length. This allows the grain for follow through each bowl.
After the bowls have been cut, they are sorted and stacked on carts for drying. The kiln drying process takes 4-6 days to complete and is the most critical step in the production process. The progressive kiln monitors both the heat and moisture content and the bowls are removed when the moisture content reaches 6-10%.
Each bowl is then individually sanded and branded before the food safe oil finish is applied. The bowls are dipped and coated with a unique blend of seed oil, carotene, vitamin E and lemon oil that penetrates, conditions and seals the wood. This produces an all-natural finish ready for popcorn, salad, fruit and many other uses. . .