excellent for small items: rings, jewelry, tea display
finished w/ food-grade walnut oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
6 3/4 X 1 3/4 X 3/8
If you've followed my work for a while, you have probably seen dozens of red alder bowls that I've sold over the last couple of years. This bowl is from a different alder, Sitka alder, and this is only the 5th bowl I've put up for sale out of this special wood.
Sitka alder grows mostly on the shores of our local waters. It has numerous small trunks, so most of the wood is too small for bowls. It grows very twisted, and reaches out past where other trees can stretch to get sunlight.
This bowl comes from an island in Sitka Sound that was partly cleared during WWII to use to protect Sitka from a possible invasion. The tree grew along one of these old roads, and was cut down to open the road back up.
There is a tiny thru-knot in the middle of the bowl as well as a sound bark intrusion that forms an interesting pattern.
I shaped an elevated foot and small lipped rim to honor this little tree. There's a special surprise that didn't make it into the photos: half of a branch knot on one end of the bowl. It shows the intricacies of how a tree holds a branch to the trunk and transfers energy.
I'm imagining this bowl being used for jewelry or possibly some small cookies, but who knows—I'm always educated with the new and different uses for bowls by my customers.