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Mountain Ash Discovery Bowl

Mountain Ash
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent display piece or jewelry bowl
finished w/ food-grade Danish oil, varnish, and bees wax
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 8 1/2" X 4"

This gallery quality piece shows the complete healing of a serious injury to an amazing mountain ash tree that grew in downtown Sitka.

In the main photo you can see the older wood to the left with the new healing wood to the right of the dark scar.  Time has obscured what caused the injury to the tree—perhaps a truck or a kid with a hatchet?—but the injury remains clear and the distinction between wood grown before and after is striking.

This would make a fine mantel piece, a display piece with a Japanese glass ball fishing float, or serve well as a jewelry bowl.


Story: This tree died in front of a historic downtown Sitka home and was given to me by the granddaughter of the man who planted the tree.

At a recent market in Juneau a woman bought a bowl from this same tree.  We got to talking and after I learned she grew up in Sitka 60 years ago, I asked her name and soon realized that the man who planted the tree was her uncle.