excellent for a fruit, popcorn, or salad bowl
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 8 5/8" X 4 1/4"
PLEASE NOTE: This bowl will be auction on October 20th in the Makers for Puerto Rico auction that will benefit relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
I selected this bowl because I found the tree adrift, presumably ripped from the earth in a strong Alaskan storm. From the pieces, we can build again and make whole.
Auction price will begin at $100 and take place on Instagram @zachlaperriere
The wood in this bowl has an outward flowing feeling, so I shaped the bowl to match the feeling. It reminds me of flower petals.
Part of this outward flowing feeling is the orientation of the wood: the heart (center) of the tree is toward the base of the bowl, which is in contrast to most wood bowls. The second part of the flowing feeling is the medullary rays and blue coloring in this alder that radiates from the center.
This is the very last medium sized bowl from a special alder tree that grew for 140 years—much, much longer than the official world records of 80 and 100. I found the tree trunk broken as driftwood in a cove on an outer coastal island about 15 miles from Sitka. There are a few small wood worm holes toward the top of the bowl that show as thin black holes and lines.
Owing to a crack that needed removal during the woodturning process, I turned this bowl quite thin before it was dry fully. As a result, the base is curved gently and rocks if you press on the on alternating edges. I think it gives the bowl more character—but I want to warn potential buyers that the bowl doesn't sit 100% flat.
This bowl will serve as a salad bowl, fruit bowl, or just about anything you'd like. The curved lip makes it especially easy to handle. In our home, I know my wife would serve warm dinner rolls, and guests would appreciate the ancient wood as they passed the bowl around the table.