excellent fruit bowl or mantel piece
finished with food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 9 1/4” X 2 1/2”
This bowl started with a concept: show how the tree grew over a branch that had been cut off.
And you can see it right there on the outside of the bowl, down to the saw marks and how someone cut the branch from each side some thirty years before the tree died of old age. Note that the interior of the bowl is clean with no knots: the tree had healed over the cut-off knot in that short space.
Above this knot is some amazing figured grain. This shows how the tree grew interlocking grain to resist lateral forces from wind and gravity. You'll also see figured grain on the inside of the bowl that came from the healing-over of the knot. Trees just never cease to amaze!
This bowl comes with two bonus knots. The first is a grown-over knot hole under the lipped rim. It's difficult to see in pictures, but the branch that grew this had broken off and all you see is a dark hole the perfect outline of the broken branch. Again, this knot hole does not continue to the top of the rim. Once I could tell the depth of the knot, I cut the rim to leave just enough wood for a clean rim.
The final knot is on the underside of the bowl, a very long ultra thin pin knot. You can see it in the final photo of the upside down bowl. The pin knot is above the cut-off knot. If you look close you can see how the grain wiggles to go around the pin knot. Like all of the other features in this bowl, it's much easier to see in person.
This bowl would make a great medium-sized fruit bowl, or nut bowl...but on the other hand, people will want to pick it up and look at the knots...so it would also make a fine display bowl for a coffee table or mantle.