Large, Flared, Ash Bowl with natural bark edge, dyed Red, #29638
Large, Flared, Ash Bowl 23 x15 x7 inches with natural bark edge. The bowl is dyed Red with the grain highlighted with white wax. The bark is dyed black. Item Number 29638. On display at Allanstand Interiors in the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, TN.
This piece was awarded “Best In Show” at the “Journeys of Women VII” Art Show at the McKinney Center in Jonesborough, TN in September 2019.
There are several species of ASH which grow in our southern Appalachian Highlands region; perhaps the most prevalent are White, Green, and Black Ash. It is very difficult to determine the species without viewing the leaves. We do not harvest trees; the bulk of our work is utilizing wood from trees already felled, or those which are taken because of being in the path of progress, diseased, or downed by storm. Unfortunately, the Emerald Ash Borer is destined to infect and kill every ash tree in the US and this piece was created from an ash log re-purposed because of the borer’s destructive work.
This piece was made from the upper end of an Ash log. After being sealed with a paraffin-like substance, it was stored in our wood barn, retrieved and rounded into a “blank”, then mounted on the lathe and turned and sanded. Finishing the piece requires multiple steps: several applications of dye for a consistent color then a coat of lacquer to seal the dye. Next, English white liming was applied, then rubbed off, to highlight the soft grain. Several more coats of lacquer are applied and then buffing with a German violin polish completes the job.