excellent for cookie plate or small items
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 8 1/4" X 1 1/2"
This is the very last piece I have from a short alder log I found in a cove on an outer coast island. The alder was under 14 inches in diameter, and we counted 140 growth rings—making this is the oldest, smallest alder I have ever seen.
The oldest recorded alder are between 80 and 100 years, so this really was an old-timer. The coloring is exceptional, the growth rings very fine with a toothed profile, and small medullary rays radiating from the rings.
There are a handful of tiny black holes in the bowl that were carved by ambrosia beetles after the tree came down. My best guess from the shape of the alder log is that this tree grew over a river, extending out to reach sunlight. Something caused it to break, where it must have sat for a while before being washed out to sea, and finally coming to rest in the small cove where I found it. But that's only a guess.
As I often say, in making a bowl I am able to give the tree a second life. The other parts of this tree have gone all over the world, though a few have stayed right here in Southeast Alaska, including one I gave my wife that we keep in our own home.
The elevated foot on this plate makes it easy to hold and set on a table with your choice of cookies or whatever need arises.