excellent display, jewelry, or small item bowl
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 7 X 2 X 5/8
This highly figured cottonwood bowl came from an amazing tree: about 4 feet in diameter at the base, and still 16 inches in diameter at 80 feet up where the trunk split into two trunks.
The intersections of trunks is a called a crotch, and that's where this wood came from. it shows how a tree builds amazingly strong grain to resist the forces of gravity and wind that try to split the trunks.
What's most amazing about the cottonwood this tree came from, is that cottonwood only grows up big rivers, usually on mainland Alaska. I found this tree is a small cove on an offshore island not too far from Sitka—which means it drifted at least 200 miles, and likely much more.
Because cottonwood is very difficult to turn, I only kept the choicest pieces of this tree, and ended up with 6 bowls total.
I shaped an elegant small base that fits well in the hands. This would be perfect for jewelry or other special small items.