spalted ash


NOLAN is a lightly spalted ash wood bowl I hand turned from wood responsibly sourced in Oldham County, Kentucky.

I discovered this piece of ash wood on the side of the road adjacent to an archaeological site I worked. People occupied the site from the early nineteenth century until the 1940s, when the house burned down. The stump still stood within the confines of the site. The current landowner recently felled several old ash trees due to the effects of the emerald ash borer. I couldn’t help feeling sad that this old ash tree, which likely stood while people still occupied the site, came down for such a sad reason.

While the tree couldn’t be saved, I am glad to use some of the wood left on the side of the road. In a way, I like to think that the tree now lives on in new form.

This ash wood bowl measures 6-3/4″ wide, 2-3/4″ tall, and 2-1/8″ deep. I polished the wood with high friction polish, which brings out the natural changes in coloring, tone, and grain of the wood. The finish is safe to hold dried goods (such as candy and nuts), but should be kept away from moisture and never immersed in water.

Care instructions are included with the purchase of this handmade wooden bowl.

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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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