box elder


Elise is a contemporary bowl that I hand turned on my lathe from box elder wood. For this piece I used wood responsibly sourced in nearby Franklin County, Kentucky. In addition to some slight spalting are traces of the wood’s bark as well as a fairly prominent worm hole.

Spalting occurs when wood begins the initial stages of decay and then subsequently dries to prevent further decay. The partial decay is called spalting and gives the wood dark contrasting lines and streaks where fungus attacked the wood.

Additionally, the wormhole visible on the outside edge of the dish was made by the misleadingly named woodworm. Woodworms actually are the wood-eating larval form of a variety of beetle species.

This contemporary bowl measures approximately 13-1/2″ wide, 1-9/16″ tall, and 1-1/8″ deep. The interior/bowl portion of the vessel was polished with food safe Terra Nova NaturOil followed by a coating of beeswax. I polished the outside and base with high friction polish.

– NFS –

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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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