Now that the snow has finally begun to melt the huge snowbanks around here I can dig out my found wood. Wonderful chunks of old elm, cut down last fall in Charlottetown. So many of the old trees have been cut down or have fallen in high winds, many go to landfill but sometimes you are in the right place at the right time and get yourself a treasure. I am thinking big bowls and maybe some Eames style stools for this elm, my second cache of it, the first being wood from Hurricane Juan.
I have just one piece of lovely ‘found’ black walnut left after recently finishing this bowl for a ‘big’ salad. The tree was cut down and most of this beautiful wood burned, I was lucky to have a friend who thought I might like it and brought me out what was left…ooooh it is wonderful, the air dried wood with hues of almost blue and purple running through the deep browns. I feel the wood holds many secrets, it has watched the goings on of folks under the shade of its limbs for well over one hundred years.
This is my favorite shape for a large bowl, I love the closed form, seems to give the impression of holding in the contents……… Empty, pleasing for the eye…… Full, a super thing to set a nice table for a gathering of special friends and great food.