excellent for small items
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 5 1/4" to 5 5/8" wide X ~2" tall
Red elderberry is a beautiful bush with clusters of small white flowers in Spring and deep red berries in Summer.
This is only the second bowl I've turned out of red elderberry. Usually the bush doesn't grow to a sufficient size. The first bowl I turned warped and split, but I got lucky on this burl.
Elderberry had a resinous pith that runs through the heart of the tree and every branch—so what you're seeing with the hundreds of holes is the path of growth leading to clusters of buds. For some reason this part of the bush lacked branches, but had leaves growing straight out of the burl.
Of course this bowl was once-turned, allowed to dry slowly. I showed off some pictures to members of the American Woodturners Association and pretty much everyone agreed they'd never seen anything quite like it. I considered keeping it, but my house is full of bowls!
This bowl is just big enough to hold a couple sets of keys or pocket change.