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~~SOLD--Crazy Ancient Tiny Bowl—252 Years

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 4" X 1"

I spent a couple minutes with a 30X stereo microscope and counted 252 growth rings in this four inch wide bowl.  Give or take a few...it's not an easy thing to count  :)

That means this branch was likely 350-400 years old, and the tree may well have been double that.

The color and grain of ancient hemlock pack a lot into a small area.  I sanded this bowl by hand to a very fine grit and oiled with multiple coats of tung oil to bring the grain out.

I am guessing this bowl will hold some special small jewelry, but it could also hold something like a smaller glass ball.

 

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Story:The tree this bowl came from blew over near my house and fell into the ocean.  I spotted it as it drifted past my house.  I salvaged the tree by towing it home, branches and all!

This was an exceptionally slow growing tree because the middle of the tree had rotted out.  Only a few inches of sound wood could be found on the outside of the tree, even at the base where it was over three feet (one meter) across.