This bowl was turned from a piece of an old tree of American elm that was closer to the home of the owners of lewiston, id. The owners had to take down the tree to die and they kindly gave the wood.
Trees of america elm are native to the east coast of the United States. They are rustic trees that can live for several hundred years, but on the east coast, have been decimated by Dutch elm disease.
The tree that donated wood for this plateau was probably planted for a decorative purpose, since it was not native to the west coast. Judging by its size (several feet in diameter), it can be planted from the first settlers came to the area and founded lewiston in 1861. Fractale (lichtenberg) engraving was used to add a decorative element to the outside of the bowl.
All my bowls are entirely handmade, turned by hand one at a time on a carpentry tower. No bowl mill technology is used at any stage. I start by choosing a perfect piece of green wood, then turn it into a coarse bowl. The rough bowl is then allowed to dry slowly for 3-9 months before being transformed into the final, finished form.Meanwhile, while the bowl loses moisture, it also deforms and changes the shape due to the difference in density of the wood radially along the growth rings. The second turning round, performed when the rough bowl is completely dry as determined by a humidity counter, corrects the drying irregularities and leaves the bowl in the finished part, which is then sanded to smooth the surface. The process ends with the application of a finish.