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~~SOLD--Classic Thin Mountain Ash Bowl

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Mountain Ash/Rowan
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 2017
bowl measures 7" x 2" with 1/8" rim
weighs only 5 1/2 ounces

I attempt to reveal a story with every bowl I turn.  This bowl tells of the healing of a scar.  If you start and the rim of the bowl and follow the stained wood down you'll where something scarred the tree a few decades ago and the bark grew back in to completely engulf the scar.  By the time you reach the base of the bowl the wood has returned to good as new.  The tree had no indication of this wound on the outer bark.

Shaping a bowl is equally as important to me as telling a story, and I do my best to interweave both.  The scar, healing, and some lightly figured grain suggested I shape the exterior as I did.  There is a progression in both the scar and the healing from the outside of the bowl to the inside of the bowl, even though the total thickness is a mere 1/8 of an inch.

The profile of this bowl reminds me a lot of one of the world's best known turners, Bob Stocksdale who began turning during World War II.  I didn't intentionally copy his shapes though I'd like to think that perhaps I responded to a piece of wood as he would have.

This is some of the very last wood I have from an exceptional mountain ash that grew in front of a historic downtown Sitka home.  The granddaughter of the man who planted the tree gave me the tree after it died and was cut by a local arborist.

This bowl makes me think you might keep it near a door to hold your wallet and keys, or since this is the 21st century, maybe even a cell phone.