A very large bowl, a generous wedding or anniversary gift for someone who loves the Maine woods. 15 inches across, and 6 inches deep.
The yellow birch tree this bowl came from lived through several cycles of logging on Whitecap Mountain, but then was removed (by helicopter) because it was in the Appalachian Trail corridor. Because it's from an older tree, the color is deeper and the grain is like a storybook. The love and craftsmanship that goes into each piece is exceptional.
These are hand-made wooden bowls, created one at a time from local trees, in Ed'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.