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Old Growth Spruce Burl Bowl

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Sitka Spruce burl
Handmade, one-of-a-kind 

excellent display piece or functional bowl 

finished w/ food-grade Tung & citrus oil

made by Zach LaPerriere 

Sitka, Alaska 2018 

bowl measures 8” X 3”

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you.”  ——Frank Lloyd Wright

Studying this bowl tells you many things.  For starters: Sitka spruce is a tree that has traditionally been used for aircraft and guitars because of its normally light weight wood—but not this tree, and not this bowl!  Because of the tree’s slow, dense growth facing sun and storms for centuries, this bowl is not just beautiful: it’s denser than oak.

This ancient tree was felled by a friend of mine for a fisherman’s remote island farm.  As much as I hated to see the tree cut, I was eager to give it a second life.

Because of the dense, interlocking burr grain, it took two years of drying to complete this bowl.  But compared to a 500+ year old tree—maybe that was fast…
The unique grain tells the story of a tree that predates European arrival in Alaska.  The beach it grew on had seen thousands of years of Tlingit harvesters beach their dugout canoes.  It just boggles my mind to know that generations of Tlingit folks harvested herring eggs near this tree before a western boat ever entered the bay.

Your new bowl has a silky smooth finish, completed with multiple coats of food-grade tung and citrus oil.  The bowl was shaped so as to have one natural edge cut almost all of the way through the rim.  I saved the bark that fits snuggly in this recess, and will include it with the bowl when sold.

This vessel is designed for display on the mantel or table.  It’s also fine for everyday use, and could hold anything from jewelry to your wallet and keys.  Because it is crafted from a single piece of wood, it will last for generations with basic care.