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~~SOLD--Exploration of Growth Bowl

Western Hemlock
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent for a display or jewelry bowl
finished w/ food-grade tung oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2018
bowl measures 5 1/2 X 4"

I look for unique characters, both in people and in wood.  If it's a person—I'd rather have dinner with the old fisherman or mountain climber.  If it's wood, might as well experience the wildest of trees.

That's why I salvage Alaskan old growth woods, and that's why I was so attracted to this crazy hemlock growth.

The swirling patterns almost remind me a wave.  There is depth, bark seams where I removed the bark, and a hole going straight through the bowl. 

There are also some holes eaten through the bowl by a wood-boring beetle.

This bowl was only sanded light before oiling, so you'll still see tool marks from turning.

It won't be a the right bowl for small jewelry, but I could see a few silver bracelets going in this bowl very well.  In the end of course, it's up to you.

 

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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!