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~~SOLD--Rays, Spalting & Woodworm Bowl

Red alder
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent for a small fruit, cookies, or jewelry
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures
8 5/8" X 2"


As the name suggests, this bowl has a bit of everything. There is a band of spalting right through the middle of the bowl with rays arcing through the whole bowl.  The black you see is from ambrosia beattles, that burrowed under the bark after this tree died.

This bowl came from a mile up a river valley, about 5 miles from my woodshop.  My family and I pulled the bowl stock out on sleds in 2 feet of snow this last February.  It was a massive alder, some 32" in diameter at the stump.  It was difficult to count how old the tree was because it died and had some rot in the stump, but I counted around 150 growth rings.  When you consider that the oldest record alder are between 80 and 100 years, you see why I'm calling these exceptional trees ancient alder.

This is a shallow bowl, bordering on a tall side plate.  :)  Perfect for cookies or muffins.  Customers have told me they use similar bowls for hair ties and brushes, though the brush handle might stick out a little.  Whatever you use this bowl for, I'm certain you'll find it diverse and beautiful, a testament to the beauty of Alaska's forests.