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Star Pattern Bowl

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Red Alder
Handmade, one-of-a-kind
excellent display piece, or fruit bowl
finished w/ food-grade tung oil
made by Zach LaPerriere
Sitka, Alaska 2018
bowl measures 12 1/4" X 5"

The striking pattern you see in this bowl is commonly known as a tree star.
I was super excited to find this pattern in the tree after processing bowl stock for three days solid, because this is a very rare thing to see in an Alaska tree.
When I shape a bowl I look for the best way to show the most features in the least space.  I then refine the shape to give classic aesthetics.  The elevated base and lipped rim on this bowl feel good in the hands and give an elegance on the table.
This might just be my favorite kind of bowl, because it’s right on the line between functional piece and display art.  It’s your choice: you can choose one or have both.  This bowl will serve admirably on the mantel, for favorite items, as a salad or fruit bowl—or perhaps all of these over the course of its lifetime.
People will ask to pick up your new bowl, so at worst, you might have to finish the salad or take the fruit out of your bowl.  :)
As with all of my work, because it is crafted from a single piece of wood, it will last for generations with basic care.


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: