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Not all wood bowls are made equal...

A friend or family member invites you over for coffee one day, and while at their house, you notice this cool looking wooden bowl, and it starts up a casual conversation.

"Hey, that's neat. Where did you get that?"

This conversation can go in two different directions... Either, "I was shopping at one of the big box stores and thought that would be a cool bowl to have in my kitchen. It was like twenty bucks. I think it's oak... or bamboo, maybe? I bought it a few months ago, but I'm wondering if I need to sand it or something? It doesn't have the same smooth finish like it had when I first bought it."

Or, " This bowl here? I've had it for years. It's one of my favorites that I use practically everyday! This is a hand-turned bowl made from silver maple. It's so easy to clean and care for, and still looks as new as the day I bought it."

Whether you're looking for a unique gift to buy for someone, or maybe thinking about buying something for yourself, there's a few things to keep in mind. Searching online can be overwhelming if you don't know what you're looking for. Do your research!

Everyone likes to save a buck (including myself), but you need to know why the item is 'cheap' in the first place! Online, you can find prices ranging from a few dollars, to a few thousand dollars! Buying mass-produced wooden items may save you a few pennies now, but you'll definitely end up paying for it later. The poor quality of the construction & wood play a major factor in why those items wear down so easily, and many are put together using non-food safe glues and other materials. I'm not saying that you need to buy the most expensive piece you can find, but buying the cheapest is almost always a red-flag.

When you buy pieces made with good, strong wood and high quality craftsmanship, it lasts longer, looks better, and will be a beautiful addition to your home for years to come. As long as the care instructions are followed, your wood pieces can be passed down for generations.

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