I thought it was redwood also. But all the burl bowls I've seen have been turned and are symetrical. It just seems like a lot of work, not to mention craftsmanship, to carve a bowl this size (18" dia.). It's so smooth and the carver's marks are so aligned with the grain that it almost seemed like some natural process had created it. It's hard to believe that something like this would turn up on a free table at some garage sale. I wonder how you'd place a monetary value on it - not that I'm interested in selling it. Thanks for all of your input, and thanks for the compliment on the photo, Phinds. I'm afraid the credit goes more to my Canon A700 than to me, though.
I'll post a photo of the buckeye table I just got. I never really liked burl furniture till I got this and stripped and scraped all that plastic crap off it. Now I'm finding it extremely interesting and beautiful - speaking of which - that bowl in your album, Phinds is a knock-out!