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Sitka Alder Jewelry Bowl

Sitka Alder
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent display piece or jewelry bowl
finished w/ food-grade Danish oil, varnish, and bees wax
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2017
bowl measures 7 1/4" X 2"

Have you ever wandered down a remote wild Alaska beach and then found a burly old looking piece of wood and wandered what's inside?

That's how this bowl came to be.  I balanced the bowl so I could leave two live edges on the sides of the bowl.  I slow dried the bowl to keep the large knot in the side intact.  Further, I turned this to final dimensions when the bowl was still fresh from the beach.  After the bowl dried and had warped, I completely sanded the inside of the bowl but left some of the outside tool marks.

There is some dramatic figured curly grain either side of the knot.  Darker colors intrude from the outside of one end, showing where someone cut the tree down.  The lighter end shows a beautiful star shape contrasting light and dark colors.  Heck—there's even a tiny piece of spalting showing small black transition lines on the rim on one side.

Similar bowls from the same tree have sold for dramatic jewelry bowls.  It could also hold nuts, yarn, or other small items.  This is the last bowl I finished from this small tree. I hope you enjoy it!

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Story: The Sitka alder of this bowl came from a common species on the beaches of coastal Southeast Alaska.  It rarely grows beyond 6 inches, but the wood is surprisingly strong and loves to warp in the drying process.

I found this a chunk of Sitka alder on a remote beach.  Part of it must have been stuck in the grass for a long time because it was completely rotten, but sound wood was only a foot or so away.