spalted rainbow tulip poplar


ANWEN is a spalted wood bowl that I hand turned on my lathe. For this piece I used spalted rainbow tulip poplar wood responsibly sourced in nearby Franklin County, Kentucky. The spalting, in combination with the range of colors in the wood, make this a truly one-of-a-kind piece.

“Rainbow Poplar” is yellow poplar that was stained by prolonged exposure to minerals that leech into the wood, causing a wide range of colors to form. This occurs when a log lays on the ground in just the right environment for just the right amount of time. Such coloring happens rarely in comparison to black line spalting (which also is visible in this bowl).

This spalted wood bowl measures approximately 12-3/8″ wide, 2-1/4″ tall, and 1-5/8″ deep. I polished it with Terra Nova NaturOil which is food safe, FDA approved, kosher, environmentally friendly, non-toxic, free of dyes, perfumes, and nut oils that can cause allergic reactions. It also protects against drying, cracking, and water damage. Following the NaturOil, I applied beeswax for added protection.

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A little about me….
I’m a historical archaeologist and spend my days excavating sites, analyzing artifacts, and writing up my findings. When I’m not in the field, you’ll find me in my woodshop. I primarily use found and reclaimed wood from here in Central Kentucky. It’s my hope that incorporating elements of the wood as I found it into each piece serves as a reminder that the object you see once was part of a beautiful, living tree. Learn more about me and my shop here.

Creekview Woodshop donates a portion of every sale to Green Forests Work, a nonprofit dedicated to re-establishing healthy and productive forests on formerly mined lands in Appalachia.

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