KRISTINA is a modern walnut wood bowl that I hand turned on my lathe from wood responsibly sourced right here in Bourbon County, Kentucky. One of my favorite shapes to play with is the iconic flying saucer, popularized in the mid-20th-century when sightings and encounters with UFOs commonly appeared in the media. This is the first time I used walnut wood to make this form, and I’m really pleased with the result.
Remnants of the wood’s inner bark are visible in the “Jupiter’s Eye” prominently featured on the rim of the bowl. Additionally, a worm hole revealed itself as I turned the outer rim. This is not a chip in the wood, but a natural feature. The underside of the rim (or the “skirt,” as I call it sometimes) also has several worm holes. Furthermore, the pith (or center of the trunk) became visible as I cleaned out the interior of the bowl. Both of these details are noted in the photos. I consider worm holes and natural cracks to be features of the wooden vessels that I make, and believe that they add to the uniqueness and beauty of this and my other pieces. All natural “features” in the wood are reinforced.
The overall modern walnut wood bowl measures 14-7/8″ wide by 1-7/8″ tall, with the inner bowl portion measuring approximately 9-1/4″ wide and 1-5/8″ deep. I polished the wood with food safe walnut oil and finished with carnauba and beeswax to provide a durable finish and rich luster. Care instructions for the wood 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.