Ash is so beautiful, and this one is exception. Almost perfectly clear, with one tiny crescent shaped knot. It is 10 inches at the top, and 4 inches in height. It doubles as a work of art, and a sturdy bowl to enjoy with your meals.
From Ed Hoovler, the bowlmaker: The "New Day" on the bottom of the bowl refers to trees taken down during the rebirth of Monson. The ash of this bowl came from the property of the old nursing home, just two doors down from our house. I see these as the symbol of the New Day for Monson as it is transformed into a respected, destination art community.
These are hand-made wooden bowls, created one at a time from local trees, in Ed Hoovler's Monson workshop. From the time a tree is identified as a possible source of interesting, useful, well-crafted bowls to the end of the finishing and buffing process, nearly a year passes. The wood is shaped, set off to dry for 6+ months, given its final shape, hand-sanded in a 10-step procedure, finished in a 6-step technique and, finally, buffed in three-step operation. Theses bowls are meant to be used and are easy to maintain. Wash in warm soap and water, then dry with a soft cloth. Do not soak and do not use in a microwave. When the finish becomes dull over the course of time, renew with a liberal hand application of mineral oil, allow to sit for 30 minutes, then polish with a soft cloth.