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Ambrosia Beetle Chatoyance Bowl

Red Alder
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent display piece, nut bowl or jewelry bowl
finished w/ food-grade Danish oil, varnish, and bees wax
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 8 1/4" X 3"

Here's another gallery-quality bowl showing the finest concentration of ambrosia beetle holes that I have ever seen in 25 years of working with SE Alaskan wood.

This bowl also has a dramatic flair of grain in the side of the bowl.  Much of what I do is deliberate: I spotted bark on the log that suggested this dramatic grain, so I centered that in the middle of my cuts which placed the grain in the side of the bowl.

This bowl is an excellent size and shape for holding jewelry, keys, a wallet, or similar items. 

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Story: Last February I cut two massive standing-dead alder about a mile up a wild river valley about five miles from my home and shop.  The official oldest alder in the world is recorded in Washington at 100 years old.  The two alder I cut were at least 120 and 130 years old.  Alaska is full of secrets!

After cutting and prepping the bowl stock, my family and I took three days to sled out material in 2-3 feet of snow.  We followed frozen creeks and bear trails in a magical winter wonderland.  It was our best snow in seven years, and I'm still grateful everything worked out just right, from getting my USFS permit to the weather so graciously cooperating with our effort.

You can watch a video of our alder salvage effort here:
From Tree to Bowl: Alaska Style