✅ SOLVED OLD DOUGH BOWL

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Hey y’all. Picked up this dough bowl for a steal from a local antique shop in NC. Is there any way to tell the potential age based on the style/coloration/nature of the saw marks etc.? Thanks in advance!
 

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It may not be an antique, as many wood items such as these are sold in import stores in malls across the county as intresting rustic looking decor. I very often see things like it in thrift stores, flea markets and antique shops that seed there inventory with imported goods. Maybe finding out the type of wood it is could shed some more light on where it actually came from.
 
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It may not be an antique, as many wood items such as these are sold in import stores in malls across the county as intresting rustic decor. I very often see things like it in thrift stores and flea markets.
That is very true. The more I look at it the more it looks like it was shaped with a grinder. I was mainly basing its age on the wood, which to me appears to be soft maple, and the patina in the checks (cracks).
 
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The wood has large resin canals, red knots, wide annual rings and even texture. Probably white pine. It is all that same species, sides and bottom. The sides have what looks like grey stain on them which the bottom inside lacks.
 
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The wood has large resin canals, red knots, wide annual rings and even texture. Probably white pine. It is all that same species, sides and bottom. The sides have what looks like grey stain on them which the bottom inside lacks.
The wood might have had a microbe in it, and they sanded it out to clean it up.
Hard to tell with a lot of vintage/antique stuff being reproduced over seas.
In Bali /92 we saw the Special Antiques" carve it, then bury it, dig it, sell it, export it.
 
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I'm not exactly sure where your dough bowl was made or what culture made it, but it appears to have some age to it. :icon_scratch:

Hand-carved spoons, potato mashers, and a vital tool called the dough bowl were all essential tools in a pioneer’s kitchen hundreds of years ago.. But the Colonial’s weren’t just sentimental; they valued a good dough bowl because they were practical, too. Wooden bowls have always been the preferred choice for bread-making because the heat generated by the yeast is retained in the wood, giving the dough an even rise and because the bowl’s high sides protect the dough from drafts.

A Colonial staple, dough bowls were both beautiful and functional. In the 1800s these hand-carved wooden bowls were originally passed down from mother to daughter and utilized frequently, since they were the perfect spot to let bread dough rest and rise. The high sides of the dough bowl protect it from any draft and the wood retains the heat from the yeast, thus keeping the dough nice and warm. Each generation added her own mark to this history written in wood until she, in turn, bequeathed her dough bowl to her children.

A dough bowl may be carved from almost any fine textured, straight grained wood that is free from knots, shakes, and other defects, and which has no toxic characteristics.
 
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