blue ash & cherry


Berta is a turned wooden box handmade from blue ash wood with a cherry lid. For this piece I used woods responsibly sourced here in Central Kentucky.

Blue ash is considered an ancient tree native to Kentucky, with the oldest known specimen living one county over from us at the ripe young age of 249 years. Nineteenth-century Kentucky statesman, Henry Clay, even named his beautiful Lexington estate, Ashland, after the beloved blue ash tree.

With the lid, the bowl measures 5-1/4″ wide by 2-1/2″ tall. Without the lid, the bowl is 5-1/4″ wide by 1-5/8″ tall, and 1-1/8″ deep. I polished this turned wooden box with walnut oil followed by a coat of beeswax to provide a durable finish and rich luster.

Care instructions are included with the purchase of this piece.

Available for Purchase at Visual Index Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC

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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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