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Sawn Branch-in-Rim 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 1/4" X 2"

The few woodworkers I've shown this bowl to absolutely love it.  In the rim you'll see a branch that was cut with a handsaw. Over time the tree grew completely around the branch and covered the cut for many years.  When I shaped this bowl I rediscovered this branch and left it in the rim on the bowl.

That's why I say every bowl is a discovery.  I find amazing things inside of trees and my main purpose in making a bowl is to show these things to those who appreciate the story in the tree.

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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.