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Chasm bowl

Western Hemlock
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent display piece or fancy fruit bowl
finished w/ food-grade Danish oil, varnish, and bees wax
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 9 3/4" X 4"

I'm drawn to wild organic shapes and don't mind the extra time it takes to bring this hidden beauty to light.

The deep cut in this bowl comes from where two stump buttresses met.  You can see dramatic grain lines along the rim and inside the bowl indicating the physical forces this tree endured during its life.

The live edge you see is what the layer immediately below the bark.  The live edge ripples, folds, and has a mysterious cavity.

At a height of three feet from the ground, this tree was about four inches in diameter.  The bowl is almost 10 inches, so this gives you a feel for how much the stump flared.  The bowl represents almost all of the stump, including the underground portion.

This dramatic bowl will make a great show piece or serve admirably as a fruit bowl.



Story: This tree died in front of a historic downtown Sitka home and was given to me by the granddaughter of the man who planted the tree.

At a recent market in Juneau a woman bought a bowl from this same tree.  We got to talking and after I learned she grew up in Sitka 60 years ago, I asked her name and soon realized that the man who planted the tree was her uncle.