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Medullary Rays Wall 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 8 1/2" wide X 2 1/2" deep

If a new moon was discovered orbiting a planet, I would think it might just look something like this!  ;)

You can see the tight growth rings of this ancient alder that are bisected by medullary rays.  The rays are light colored curved lines that go in different directions than the darker growth rings.  These rays transport nutrients from the outside of the tree to the interior.  That's why they run perpendicular to the growth rings.

There is also some very subtle spalted coloring in this dome...just a little.

This wall dome has a subtler, deep, more perfect feel than my other domes.  It doesn't have that across-the-room wow factor, but instead shows the great depth of an ancient tree that stood for a very long time...growing the thickness of a string every year while generations of wild deer and brown bears walked up and down the valley seasonally.

In other words: it's the same feeling as the saying "Still waters run deep."

I would hang this dome somewhere where contemplation is in order: a study, a nook where you read, or a yoga studio.  But that's up to you!


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