flaming box elder


GEORGINA is a spalted flaming box elder hand turned wood bowl. I used wood responsibly sourced from Jessamine County, Kentucky, to make this piece.

Some contend that a fungus causes the red stains (or “flaming”) in the wood. Others believe the “flames” are due to insect activity. Whereas various scientific studies attribute the appearance of these red streaks to stress on the trees, such as high winds. While the flames on box elder are beautiful, be sure to keep the bowl out of bright light as this will cause the red areas to fade.

The spalting definitely is due to fungal activity that occurred while the wood lay exposed on the wet ground. Because some parts of the wood are softer due to the presence of the spalting, small pits may be seen in some locations of the bowl. However, these are natural and add to the uniqueness of the piece.

This turned wood bowl measures 6-1/2″ wide, 2″ tall, and 1-5/8″ deep. I finished the wood with high friction polish to enhance natural changes in coloring, tone, and grain in the wood.

Finally, 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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