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Red Alder Contemplation Bowl

Red Alder
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent fruit bowl or end table piece
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 8 3/4" X 4 1/4"

The details in this bowl make this an extra hard bowl for me to sell—but I can't keep them all!  The tree blew over in a windstorm and lay on the forest floor for many years in a wild river valley that is home to many bear and deer.

The light color you see is spalting, which shows where the tree was laying on the forest floor.  The black lines separating the colors are transition lines, which show actual carbon layers at the edge of where the fungi entered the wood.

The unusual shape of this bowl follows the natural contours of the buttress at the base of the alder.  Multiple curves gives a number of places for your hands to hold this bowl, and while you may choose to put things in the bowl, this bowl begs to be picked up.  The beauty of both growth and the tree returning to the soil are right here, waiting for contemplation.

I believe in telling you both the strengths and weaknesses of a bowl.  The one possible shortcoming of this bowl is that the lighter colored spalted wood is softer, and thus probably not best for a salad bowl or bowl that will see rougher use.  Please note that unlike most spalted bowls, I did not harden this bowl with epoxy.  I prefer to keep both my workspace and my bowls food safe and non-toxic.

Now that I've told you about a shortcoming, know that this bowl will still be around for generations when taken care of properly.