How to safely remove after-market finish on antique wooden bowl?

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I just found a wonderful large Munising maple bowl but it has at some point had a finish applied to it that I believe was after market. I want a 'raw' wooden bowl to replace the one my grandmother passed along to Mom and then she to me. It 'disappeared' and I finally replaced my butter-making bowl. I have two family paddles for working the churned butter but don't want this finish at all. Sand it? Don't really want to use any chemicals on it.


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