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~~SOLD--Stormy Hemlock Bowl

Western Hemlock
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent for a fruit or small item bowl
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2018
bowl measures 9 X 3"

This bowl excites me for the way it shows how trees adapt.

This tree grew on a windy point and suffered a stress crack, presumably from a storm, or it's possible that another tree hit it.

Looking at the growth rings we can see how the crack formed after the tree started growing faster.  Once the tree crack, the growth rings slowed down for several decades, right up until this and several other trees blew over at the same time.

I made a video of the finishing of this bowl: https://youtu.be/4woOZFaZaKQ

This bowl will make a great medium sized fruit bowl or even a smaller salad bowl for hose of you who don't use salad dressing.  I can't recommend the bowl be used for liquids or frequent washing because of the stress cracks.

Please note that the cracks have been there for decades and in no way diminish the strength of this bowl. 


Story:The tree this bowl came from blew over near my house and fell into the ocean.  I salvaged the tree and most went to firewood but some rounds clearly had amazing grain.

I felt a bit funny with two piles...one for firewood and one for bowls stock.  As I cut near the base of the tree the bowl stock pile kept growing and the firewood pile didn't get much else!