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Each goblet or chalice is a totally unique, one of a kind piece, even if it is part of a set. They all have a natural, or bark edge on the rim, and as they are turned from green wood, they warp a bit in curing to become completely unique forms. The wall thickness ranges from 1/8 of an inch to 1/16, or even thinner. Many of the lighter colored woods are semi-translucent.

Plum is a unique, beautiful wood that is not available commercially, so unless you know woodworkers who salvage their raw materials (like me!), you likely haven't seen it.

This piece was fashioned from a piece of plum wood that had aged for a year or so at the bottom of a pile of slash from orchard pruning. In the foggy, damp conditions we typically have here (Guerneville, CA, US, along the Russian River), this kept the wood from splitting or cracking until I could get to it, and it also changed the colors in the wood. In Maple or Beech it's called "spalted," and it often looks like an intricate fine line drawing. In fruit woods it usually resembles an ink or watercolor wash of color bleeding into the wood from the outside (bark) edge. In this piece of plum it's a smokey, translucent reddish brown infused throughout the wood that really makes the piece look aged, antique, even though it is brand new work! I never use dyes, ink, or stains of any kind: this is the natural color of the wood.

This listing is for one Goblet. The last photograph is a pair to show how organically they form sets.

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.

You can see all of my Goblets & Chalices here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SalvageWoodworks?section_id=7964424

To see all of my work, go to my Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SalvageWoodworks

Goblet, Hand-turned in Salvaged Plum wood. 2" D. by 3" Tall.

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: tung oil, beeswax, walnut oil, salvaged plum wood, caranuba wax
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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