excellent for a fruit or salad bowl
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 13 5/16 X 3"
The beauty of healing is well illustrated in this bowl. The knot hole you see shows the growth of the tree as it grew around the void left from a branch that was discarded by the tree.
These patterns fascinate me, and I go to lengths to show them, because I see it as a visible metaphor. Remember what our grandparents told us: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger?" I know that's not always true, but I also know that amazing growth can come from difficult situations. And trees show us that all the time.
This bowl shows fine medullary rays radiating out from the center and growing as they head out. The spalting gives countoured shapes that you can see going from one side of the bowl through to the other. You just don't see this sort of thing in a tree that was harvest while still alive, and that's why I dedicate myself to working with this ancient salvaged alder.
A technical note: mo st bowls are turned with the heart (the center) oriented above the top rim of the bowl. This bowl is different, and is turned "heart down", as I call it—which takes a bigger tree.
I imagine this bowl will make a great fruit bowl, but it would also show well as a wall hanging or other display where you can pick up the bowl and see the progress of healing from the outside base to the inside base. It really is a work of art, painted in the growth of the tree.