This large and beautiful hand crafted bowl is made from Norway Maple. It was planted over 70 years ago in Summerland, BC. The tree was felled for safety reasons and was salvaged by our Artisan, John Topham
Each bowl is unique
Approximate 13" diameter
About the Artisan:
Based in the Okanagan Valley in beautiful Summerland, British Columbia, Canada - John's passion for woodturning has been a natural evolution from his formal training in Fine Arts. Since his retirement in 2002, he's been turning full time. His extensive travels throughout Canada, Africa, the U.S., the Caribbean and South America greatly influence his woodwork.
Most of his pieces are turned from locally fallen trees (either from disease or property hazard issues.) He turns only hardwoods — not indigenous to the Okanagan Valley — usually trees that were originally planted as landscape ornamentals. A mature tree may yield up to 40 or 50 pieces, depending on its size and integrity. Each bowl blank is then slabbed, roughed out and stored for three months, before its final shaping, turning and finishing.
Each piece comes with documented provenance. (In most cases he is able to ascertain origin and date planted.)
- Most real wood products will eventually lose their lustre, flatten or fade. Direct sunlight will affect the finish. Salad bowls will often show markings from salad dressing. An occasional wipe with mineral oil will bring back the original patina.
- Humidity can also affect the wood, especially during the winter months. The wood may contract, creating minor physical changes, but as humidity increases, a bowl most often will return to its original shape.
- Wood pieces should not be immersed in water. For general cleaning, use a damp cloth with soap — or to bring back the lustre, apply a light wipe of mineral oil
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