excellent large fruit or salad bowl
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 13 3/4" X 4"
This subtly figured cottonwood bowl came from an amazing tree: about 4 feet in diameter at the base, and still 16 inches in diameter at 80 feet up where the trunk split into two trunks.
What's most amazing about the cottonwood this tree came from, is that cottonwood only grows up big rivers, usually on mainland Alaska. I found this tree is a small cove on an offshore island not too far from Sitka—which means it drifted at least 200 miles, and likely much more.
Because cottonwood is very difficult to turn, I only kept the choicest pieces of this tree, and ended up with 6 bowls total.
This bowl came from close to the base of the tree, which is why the growth rings don't change angle much...the tree was massive. You'll see subtle fiddleback grain, wavy lines that show reflect line differently when looked at from different angles.
This will make a perfect fruit or salad bowl. Since cottonwood is a porous wood, I would discourage using balsamic vinegar in this bowl, because the wood could show uneven darkening and staining.
For the size, this bowl is light weight and will hold a lot.