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~~SOLD--Exquisite Mountain Ash Bowl

Mountain Ash
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent for a fruit or salad bowl
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 13 1/4 X 3 3/4"

This bowl has a lot going on!  This bowl comes from a huge mountain ash tree right where two big branches fork out of the main trunk on opposite sides of the tree.  You'll see the knots high in the bowl where the branches came out.  Take note of the exquisite grain that is formed near the branches.

This is the largest bowl that came from a huge tree that grew near historic St. Peter's Church near downtown Sitka.  After the tree died, the owner gave me the tree and told me that her grandfather planted the tree in the 1950s.

As I was shaping this bowl I thought of Pooh Bear's honey pot.  I wanted steep walls to show the grain better while the bowl sits at the table.

This bowl will excel as a fruit or salad bowl.  One of the knots has a crack, though it is high enough that you shouldn't need to worry about small pieces of salad sticking in the crack.  The crack is almost 1/16" wide and a little over an inch high.

Mountain ash is a very strong wood, and the substantial nature of this bowl says that it should be around for several generations if taken care of.