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Charred Hemlock Bowl

Western Hemlock
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent for a fruit or small item bowl
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 9 1/2 X 2"

Shou sugi ban is the traditional Japanese art of charring wood.  I borrowed the technique to better show the grain of this hemlock.

This bowl is well balanced, the heart (center) of the tree down.  Most bowls are oriented with the heart up, so you'll notice the concentric circles inside the bowl that make heart down a very different grain pattern.

Note that I did not char the base of the bowl.  I love the detail of grain surrounding a tiny knot and I like that you can see the contrast between charred and uncharred.

This bowl is best used for a medium sized fruit bowl or to hold various items.


Story:The tree this bowl came from blew over near my house and fell into the ocean.  I salvage the tree and most went to firewood but some rounds clearly had amazing grain.

I felt a bit funny with two piles...one for firewood and one for bowls stock.  As I cut near the base of the tree the bowl stock pile kept growing and the firewood pile didn't get much else!