This bowl is from "Tom's Cherry", and the bowlmaker Ed named it "Imagination". He says it's from one of the most peaceful places he has ever trod. Tom has created a patch of serenity, aided, Ed thinks, by the sound of his clarinet wafting through the woods. It is 10 inches wide, 4 deep, a nice size for a fruit bowl. The color is the dark and rich, and the grain very interesting.
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. #744