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Large Ash Bowl with natural bark edge, dyed Red, #29649

Closed form Bowl in ASH, 10x 10x 7 inches with natural thick bark edge.  The bowl is dyed Red with the grain highlighted with white wax. The thick bark has been left it’s natural color. Item Number 29649. We plan to make additional bowls like this dyed Red and dyed Blue in 2020.  Please contact us at collisondesigns@aol.com for additional information.  Thank you. 

This piece is on display in a special exhibition “The Earth Provides” in the Focus Gallery, upstairs at the Folk Art Center, in Asheville, NC from February 8 through May 5, 2020.  

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!

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