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~~SOLD--Smiling Burl Bowl

Mountain Ash
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent for a smaller fruit bowl or centerpiece
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures
8" X 3 3/8"

My customers often see interesting shapes in a bowl, and I can imagine that the bark intrusion in this bowl will be seen as a smile.  This is definitely a bowl worth picking up and studying to the amazing growth of a tree.

You can see that this mountain ash had an interesting burl, and in the course of its growth, bark was trapped and grew into the tree.  Once I finished turning this bowl, I sat in the sun and removed the loose bark with dentist tools, so the remaining bark and growth is sound and will not fall out.

What to put in this bowl?  It might just be a centerpiece, and stay fully visible most of the time.  On the other hand, you might just be someone's hero if you handed them the bowl full of cherries...