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Beautifully Figured Mountain Ash

Mountain Ash
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent display piece, nut bowl, or jewelry bowl
finished w/ food-grade Danish oil, varnish, and bees wax
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 7" 1/2 X 2"

So much is going on in such a small bowl.  There is a branch that is seen as a knot that due to very slow drying has no cracks at all.  There is wavy grain, chatoyance (appears as depth reflection light differently), and a lot more to look at.

I kept the form of this bowl simple to focus on the wood itself.  The in-sloping rim gives a little dramatic feel that is paired with so much amazing grain.

This bowl will make an excellent jewelry bowl, nut bowl, or if you're somewhat extravagant...an amazing cereal bowl!  Mountain ash is a wonderfully stable bowl that holds up well to moisture and even mild abuse.  The finish is durable for all food use, including soup—though hot liquids will warp the bowl temporarily until it has a chance to dry fully.


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.