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Converging Mountain Ash Platter

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Mountain Ash
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent display piece or jewelry bowl
finished w/ food-grade Danish oil, varnish, and bees wax
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 7" X 2"

Here's a piece of tree geography and anatomy.  This shallow bowl came from a branch right where it the branch forks into two branches.  After a friend cleared this tree for more parking, I cut the forking branch right where it forms a Y shape.  That's why the dark wood forks, and that's also why you see amazing grain one the arms of the Y.

I shaped this bowl to preserve the grain and the visual of the branches coming together.  The exterior of the bowl has some live edge and I deliberately left the exterior warped from the drying process.

I'm especially pleased with how the bottom recess turned out of center.  To me the grain appears to show Northwest Coast formline ovoids similar to a traditional salmon/trout head.

This bowl will make an excellent jewelry bowl for someone special.


Story: This tree grew on a windy hill in downtown Sitka as a series of about 25 different trunks.  Unfortunate for the tree: a friend decided he needed more parking.  He had a backhoe push on the tree, and the roots were rotten from the advanced age of the tree, so the whole tree fell over.  I never like seeing a tree come down, but I was happy to take some of the choicest pieces for bowls.