This is a small burl bowl. Burl can come from different parts of a tree. A common place to find burl is a knot or growth on the side of the tree. This growth is not where a limb was cut, it is just a growth. The reason for this whimsicality is largely unknown. It has been told that if one whacks a tree in the fall, a growth will start to form the next spring. It makes for a very interesting grain pattern. This bowl is 4.5 inches in diameter.