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This is the White-Oak (Quercus lobata) that's native to the Oak Savanna woodlands of California, and it's very different from the commercially harvested White-oak (Q. alba from the hardwood forests of the Eastern US.) It is commonly known as "Valley Oak," and the wood is rarely white. It does often display streaks and highlights of a nice eggshell white in the sapwood, which is dominated by a range of tans and browns ranging from caramel to streaks that are almost as dark as the heartwood, which is usually a rich, dark coffee, or chocolate color. This particular batch displays a striking pattern of small, linear inclusions throughout the sapwood sections that, as well as containing the contrasting color of the bark, are surrounded by "edging" that is the color of the heartwood. It is a beautiful effect, and it does preclude this bowl's use for wet food as it might "weep" through the inclusions. This piece also includes an eccentric star shaped set of fine voids that were present in the living tree, spiraling out from one of the pith (biological) "centers" of the tree, part of which I have inlayed with a combination of Minnesota pipestone, two colors of turquoise, and copper. One of the inlays can only be viewed by picking the piece up and turning it over (please see the last photograph). This will of course appeal to some and not others.

These bark-edge bowls have always seemed a bit magical to me, something fairies & sprites might use in a woodland forest feast. The raw natural bark edge includes the life & part of the story of the tree, invokes a nice rustic feel, and provides a great shape that shows off the natural woodgrain beautifully. The rough, raw edges of these forms also offer a dynamic contrast to the ultra smooth, attention-to-detail surface finish that typifies all my work, and that juxtaposition gives the piece as a whole a "vintage" feel (even though it is brand new work!), and a palpable sense of re-use, and of renewal.

All of the bowls, platters, plates and dishes, whether they are bark-edged, "square," 5-sided, winged, or round are completely functional, and can be used for food (many of them are equally suited simply to display as sculptural pieces as well). They are all very well sealed, so if they are used for food they clean up really easily, and just need a light hand rinsing or washing. Do not put them in the dishwasher or soak them in the sink.

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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Natural-Edge Bowl in Salvaged White Oak Wood. 9" Length by 3.5" Tall


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: tung oil, beeswax, reclaimed white oak
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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