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The Perfect Fruit Bowl

Western Hemlock

Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent display piece or fruit bowl
finished w/ food-grade Tung & citrus oil

made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2018
bowl measures 14 1/2" X 3"


Who am I to say what this bowl is used for?

No one really—that's not my department—but...  Everything about this bowl tells me that if this is to be used as a functional bowl, it needs to be a fruit bowl.

A while back I realized that over half of my customers were using (potentially) functional bowls as display pieces.  But I can just see a beautiful variety of fruit in this bowl.

The wood just told me to make the interior flow outward, which is a somewhat unconventional interior shape.  It's inviting.

Hemlock has a golden depth to the wood that is best described as translucent.  All wood is actually somewhat translucent to a very shallow depth, and hemlock appears to have some of the greatest depth of translucence.

I shaped the bowl to be thick, to show all the glory of a very unique piece of wood, taken from a very specific place in the hemlock tree where the heart (center) of the tree is far off-center because the tree was curving to straighten itself.

This bowl has a silky smooth finish, finished with multiple coats of food-grade tung and citrus oil.  The bowl just feels good and solid in your hands.

So it's your choice: display piece, fruit bowl, or maybe just a stand-by fruit bowl if you get five minutes notice that the Queen of England is stopping by.  I know that's not likely—but you never know, and you can never be too prepared.  :)

If you look at the final photo you'll see two very small fresh apples.  I'm sorry we didn't have normal apples on hand for the photo shoot.

As for a salad bowl, this isn't your normal salad bowl.  It's fairly shallow, and the outflowing interior is unconventional.  It really excels as a display for whatever is in the bowl.  It has come to my attention that some folks pick fresh salad greens, leave them dry in the bowl, and informal guests just take a handful of greens straight from the bowl.  This bowl would be fantastic for that, but probably not for tongs or a salad with dressing.  If that's you: I recommend that you stick to fruit or display for this bowl.

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