excellent for a fruit bowl or mitten bin
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 14" X 7"
This might just be the craziest shape of bowl I've ever made. It's massive, it's thick, or I should say it's REALLY thick—which also sounds like a description of the tree it came from.
I would never have thought to shape a bowl like this, but as I turned the bowl I saw such interesting grain and the thought of cutting this bowl to a shorter height seemed like a disservice to the piece of wood.
So: what is this bowl ideal for? I have two visions, and you're welcome to draw your own.
This is deeper than your average fruit or salad bowl, but if you harvest fresh out of your garden, you know that fresh greens settle considerably. I'm thinking this would work well for a chef who had a lot of company. And I doubt you'd spill any toppings onto the table while tossing your salad...
The second thought is that I could see this bowl sitting in an entryway for mittens, gloves, and hats. Normally we'd think to have a basket...but why not show a striking piece of wood?
At the end of the day it's my customers who have the visions, and I look forward the hearing how the new owners of this bowl put it to work.
Story: I should tell you about where this tree came from. I found this cottonwood in a narrow cove on the outer coast of the Pacific, about a dozen miles from Sitka. The trees was about 4 feet in diameter at the butt and 80 feet out it was still about 16 inches where the top was broken. Large cottonwood just don't grow on the outer coast of Alaska, so it almost certainly floated several hundred miles from a major mainland river such as the mighty Stikine River, which empties near Wrangell, Alaska.
I selected this piece from the vast amount of possible wood because of the subtle cat's eye grain in the bowl.