The Figure in this Black Walnut bowl is incredible! I've heard a timber mill operator describe this type of figure as "the waterfall," and that certainly seems accurate to me.
There's a richness and warmth to this piece that is hard to put into words. I left a bark inclusion on the rim that adds an element of texture.
The timber for this piece was reclaimed from the firewood pile at a local mill. For the mill it was too small to be worth their effort, which is understandable but to think this piece almost heated a home for an hour just blows my mind!
I love and prefer to work with highly figured, knotty, weathered, and reclaimed timber. Much of which had been laying in a firewood pile or a field for an unknown amount of time before I came along and repurposed it.
Because of the wood I prefer to work with, natural cracks, voids, and bark inclusions are common place. Sometimes I choose to fill the cracks or voids, if they are structural I stabilize them, and sometimes if they are cosmetic I choose not to as design aesthetic.
In woodworking the word to describe voids and cracks is "defect." I prefer to think of the defects as making a piece unique, one of a kind, and without a doubt handmade by a person not a machine.
This piece is finished with a Pure raw Linseed Oil and Texas Beeswax mix that I make in house. 100% non-toxic and food safe.
Dimensions: Diameter 12 inch. Height 1.75 inch