blue ash


KALINKA is a unique bowl that I hand turned on my lathe from blue ash wood responsibly sourced in nearby Scott County, Kentucky. The blue ash is considered an ancient tree native to Kentucky. The oldest known specimen lives one county over from us at the ripe young age of 249 years. Nineteenth-century Kentucky statesman, Henry Clay, named his beautiful Lexington estate, Ashland, after the beloved blue ash tree.

I refer to pieces such as this as my “flying saucer” or “skirted” bowls. These are one of my very favorite forms to play around with variations on. Worm holes and worm tracks visible on the bowl’s interior and exterior, combined with the dramatic grain and unusual form, make this one visually interesting piece.

This unique bowl measures approximately 12″ wide by 1-3/4″ tall with interior measurements of 6-1/2″ wide and 1-1/8″ deep. I polished the bowl with food safe walnut oil followed by a coating of beeswax to provide a durable finish and rich luster. Care instructions are included with the purchase of this piece.

$165 | Available for purchase at Visual Index Gallery

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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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