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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.  We will be making more of pieces of this beautiful bowl in 2020.  Please contact us at collisondesigns@aol.com if you are interested.  Thank you.

Was on display at Allanstand Interiors in the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, TN.

Story of the Ash Tree:

Ash is a deciduous hardwood tree several species of which are found throughout our southern Appalachian Highlands region.  Ash is used to make furniture, baseball bats and many other items which require structural strength. Unfortunately, in recent years a pest, the “Emerald Ash Borer,” has attacked the Ash species limiting the life of the Ash trees. We normally do not harvest trees; the bulk of our work is utilizing wood from trees already felled for a number of reasons.  These pieces were created from an Ash tree re-purposed because of the Emerald Ash Borer’s destructive work.

Technique:

These pieces were made from a recently felled Ash tree in Northeast Tennessee.  After being sawn into smaller pieces and sealed with a paraffin-like substance, the wood was stored in our barn.  The wood was retrieved and rounded into a “blank”, then mounted on the lathe and turned into a bowl or hollow form. After sanding, the finished pieces on display require a multiple step process. Several applications of dye are needed for a consistent color and then a single coat of finish lacquer seals the dye.  Next, English white liming wax was applied, then rubbed off, to highlight the soft grain.  Several more coats of lacquer are then applied and buffed with a German violin polish that completes the job.  Enjoy!

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. 

 

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