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Ambrosia Beetle Wall Hanging Dome

Red Alder
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent display piece for the wall
finished w/ food-grade Danish oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2018
bowl measures 12 1/2" wide X 2 1/2" deep

This wall dome is one of my largest to date.  It has subtle spalting from a standing-dead very old alder.  The ambrosia beetle holes add some intrigue.

The size of this dome makes it perfect for adding some dimension and depth to a room by hanging it at eye level.  I feel like it would go best on a white wall, in a traffic area where people can stand and look at the detail that only a very old tree provides.

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Story: In February of 2017 I cut two massive standing-dead alder about a mile up a wild river valley about five miles from my home and shop.  The official oldest alder in the world is recorded in Washington at 100 years old.  The two alder I cut were at least 120 and 130 years old.  Alaska is full of secrets!

After cutting and prepping the bowl stock, my family and I took three days to sled-out material in 2-3 feet of snow.  We followed frozen creeks and bear trails in a magical winter wonderland.  It was our best snow in seven years, and I'm still grateful everything worked out just right, from getting my USFS permit to the weather so graciously cooperating with our effort.

You can watch a video of our alder salvage effort here:
From Tree to Bowl: Alaska Style