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~~SOLD--Rays of Sunshine Alder Plate

Red Alder
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent plate/shallow bowls for cookies
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 
8 1/4" X 1 3/4"

If you've ever spent time around an old oak desk or table, you're familiar with seeing medullary rays in the quarter-sawn wood.  Rays are channels that transport nutrients in tree from the inside of the tree to the outer cambium.  They run perpendicular to the grain, and when the wood is cut just right (ie. quartersawn) these rays appear as a beautiful bending white streaks.

Alder doesn't usually show many rays, but this ancient tree sure did!  The tree was among the largest and oldest red alder that I've ever seen.  This shallow bowl or plate came from a spalted section of the tree with a fair bit of tension, hence the rays.

These rays remind me of rays or sunshine, hence the name.

I cut this tree down in February of this year, and was able to dry this bowl quickly due to its smaller size and quarter sawn grain.  This is the stock that my family and I sledded out a mile in two feet of snow.  It was a lot of hard work and a tremendous amount of fun spending those 6 days in a winter wonderland.

This is a bowl that is more of a plate, or vice-versa.  :)  Perfect for cookies, muffins, biscuits, or it would also so well holding some special bracelets or jewelry.