Plum wood has a range of warm tones, ranging from pale rose-pink through burnt sienna with a lot of warmth (red) in it, that is truly unique, especially when combined with the wild swirling grain patterns typical in this timber. It is a rare wood for me to salvage, both because of it's scarcity and the fact that in most plum trunks or branches this size the center has decayed.
While I originally designed these as primarily sculptural pieces, they also have several "usable art" functions. First, the obvious question: can you really drink from them? The answer is yes, but carefully. The timbers and finishes are the same as I use for salad bowls, kitchenware, etc., so they are certainly safe to use, but the natural bark edge and thin walls mean that they are appropriate to toast at a ceremony or special occasion and then put back on display, not use for everyday or even extended periods.
They are also used variously as open salt-cellars on the table, to hold potpourri, and as open jewelry boxes. My wife has one on her dresser with her favorite dangly earrings around the rim. It makes a nice display. The ring-goblets are also called wedding goblets and do make a very special wedding or partnership celebration gift. Indeed, they all make elegant, totally unique gifts. To me they evoke the goblets and chalices used widely as metaphors in the Christian, Arthurian, Celtic, Gaelic, Pagan, & Animistic mythologies of my cultural heritage, and are informed as much by bud, flower, & seed (pod) shapes, and other organic forms as they are by the history of goblet & chalice shapes in glass, metal, or ceramics.
I hand turn every piece offered for sale here, and they are all my own designs. Everything is produced from locally salvaged timbers. All my work is completed with old-fashioned, pure-oil, non-toxic, food-safe, child-safe finishes.
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This piece is featured in the following Treasury:
"Autumn Woodland Wedding"