excellent display piece or jewelry bowl
finished w/ food-grade tung oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2018
bowl measures 7 1/4" X 2"
The grain in this mountain ash bowl is unlike any I've seen. True ash that takes this appearance is called olive ash—but mountain ash is completely unrelated to ash. Mountain ash is in the rose family. So how this tree produced this amazing grain is anyone's guess. I didn't see anything like this is the rest of the tree.
There are many features in this piece of wood that justify a quick scroll through the pictures. Too many to mention.
I spend a lot of time getting the bowl shape to best show the most interesting grain, and in this bowl I played with showing the darker wood extending toward the other side. If I had cut a little less, the dark finger of grain would be connected. A little deeper, and both sides would look almost the same.
This bowl will make an excellent jewelry bowl for someone special, or perhaps a coffee table bowl with items like nuts or wrapped chocolates.
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.