spalted flaming box elder


ARABELLA is a unique wood bowl that I hand turned from spalted flaming box elder wood. The power company abandoned this wood when they came through my boss’s farm in Jessamine County, Kentucky. He invited me out to see if I could find anything usable.

Since I primarily work with dry wood, I took the pieces home to sit under a tarp behind my woodshop for a year to dry. I was happy to see that its time under the tarp resulted in the appearance of spalting (dark black lines) in the wood.

The red streaks in the wood are referred to as “flames.” While some contend that a fungus causes the red stains in the wood, and others contend it is due to insect activity, various scientific studies attribute the appearance of these red streaks to stress on the trees, such as high winds.

This unique wood bowl measures approximately 8-7/8″ wide by 3-5/8″ tall, and 3″ deep. I polished with food safe Odie’s Oil to provide a durable finish and rich luster. Care instructions are included with the purchase of this piece.

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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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