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~~SOLD--Tall Ancient Alder Bowl

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 2017
bowl measures 12 1/2 X 2"

This is one of the last bowls of several dozen that came from a very old alder that my son and I packed out on our back in the spring of 2016.  This alder was at least 120 years old, which is exceptional when you consider that the recorded oldest alder are between 80 and 100 years maximum.  The Tongass National Forest is full of so many hidden mysteries, and I love how the salvage of wood for these bowls has opened our understanding of upper limits of tree age.

If you look at the growth rings, you'll see that the bowl comes from just one quarter of the tree.  The dark coloring comes from the tree standing many years after it died of old age.  The light color toward the rim is spalting.  There are medullary rays in the middle of the bowl in the slowest growing part of this bowl.

Because this bowl is tall relative to its width, I know my wife would love to put biscuits or small muffins in the bowl.  It would also serve well as a fruit bowl or smaller salad bowl for two.