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Toothed Grain Ancient Red Alder

Red Alder
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent for a fruit or salad bowl
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2016
bowl measures 12 3/4" X 3"

I have NEVER seen grain quite like this is in any species of wood, and nothing like this in alder.  And noo one else I have talked to has ever seen this in alder.  The grain is toothed, meaning the fine growth rings are not smooth curves like you'd expect.  Instead there is a jagged pattern to the rings.

There is a subtle feel to this bowl in your hands that may never be repeated: I finished the bowl before it was completely dry.  That means that there is a slight texture feel to the toothed grain, in addition to being very smooth.

You'll also see medullary rays, those light lines that run perpendicular to the growth rings.  Another feature of this wood is the subtle spalting that gives both lighter and darker zones to the wood.

This bowl will make a fine display bowl, fruit bowl, or other such bowl in a prominent place in your home.  It's a testament to an amazing tree that reached full maturity in an old growth forest

This bowl will make an exceptional salad or fruit bowl. 


This bowl came from the stump of an ancient alder over 120 years old, so I can only surmise that the toothed grain is from the amazing buttressing system that held this huge tree at an angle.

I carried the wood out 100 pounds at a time on back about 1/3 of a mile.  Pretty ironic when you consider that this finished bowl is easily picked up with one hand!