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Uniquely Figured & Spalted Red Alder Bowl

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Red Alder
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent display piece, fruit bowl, or other
finished w/ food-grade tung oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2018
bowl measures 10 1/2" X 2 1/4"

This is an exquisite piece of wood.  The portion of the wood closest to the bark of the tree shows spalting that developed over a decade or more of standing once the tree died.  There are beautifully fine black transition lines from competing fungal species that look as if drawn with the finest of black pens.

A healed scar in the rim of the bowl shows wild figure, and a bark intrusion goes right through the bowl where cats eyes and other figure are found.

I shape each bowl to tell the unique story of what's happening in that piece of wood—but this was crazy—with so much happening I had to just try to include as much as I could as best as I could.

This would make a superb mantel piece, display bowl, conversation piece, or a tremendous mid-sized fruit bowl.



Story: In February of 2017 I cut two massive standing-dead alder about a mile up a wild river valley about five miles from my home and shop.  The official oldest alder in the world is recorded in Washington at 100 years old.  The two alder I cut were at least 120 and 130 years old.  Alaska is full of secrets!

After cutting and prepping the bowl stock, my family and I took three days to sled out material in 2-3 feet of snow.  We followed frozen creeks and bear trails in a magical winter wonderland.  It was our best snow in seven years, and I'm still grateful everything worked out just right, from getting my USFS permit to the weather so graciously cooperating with our effort.

You can watch a video of our alder salvage effort here: