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Not Your Usual Bowl...

Red Cedar
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent display piece or jewelry bowl
finished w/ food-grade tung oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 8 1/2" X 2"

A lot of my customers keep asking for highly unique bowls...so here's something I've never done...the top of a fast growing red cedar tree where multiple branches split.

The bark is still on and intact.  In fact this bowl oozed red cedar sap for a few days after turning.  I kept the bowl above the woodstove to get all of the pitch.

You can see that the center of the tree is in the middle of the bow and a knot runs through the rim.

Due to the softer nature of red cedar, I shaped this bowl with a razor-sharp ring tool, sanded lightly, and oiled with multiple coats of tung oil once I was certain the pitch had dried.

Bowls like this just invite discussion and handling.  It will make a good display piece, candy bowl (for wrapped chocolates and the like) or even a jewelry bowl for some larger items like bracelets.

 

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Story: This chunk of red cedar grew in Sitka and was planted by a homeowner.  When an arborist friend cut the top of the tree off, I wanted to see what kind of bowl it would make.