Posted on September 30, 2014
Several weeks ago I parted with a long-held favourite bowl form ... sending it south to begin a new life as a significant birthday gift. I had finished this fine bowl in Ti Tree Burl (Burr) in 2007 and waited for its rightful owner to come along and claim it.
This is a stunning piece, made from a large'ish burl originally cut in Julatten, not far from where I am currently living. The burl was growing on a Black Ti Tree, also sometimes known as Swamp Paperbark, near a waterhole on a local cattle station. I had seen it on many occasions when passing by en route to a local swimming hole. Eventually the paddock got cleared of re-growth timber and a local milling contractor salvaged the larger trees ... and a few burls. I purchased the burl along with some other timber that he'd saved from the fires.
The Burl was quite solid and heavy although it did require quite a bit of internal stabilisation as Burl wood often does. (Burls are semi-spherical growths of wood which occur on certain trees. Their true origin is subject to speculation although likely reasons include points of insect or physical damage causing a massive over-correction of growth by the tree.) There is extensive intricate figuring in the wood and I sometimes used to look into it and imagine it was like reading a topographic map or ocean chart ... such is the complexity of the markings
The new owners had visited my market stall in the Port Douglas Market a few weeks before and acquired some of my functional work from the Forest Treasures range. Then later, one of them contacted me to arrange a significant birthday gift for his partner ... the rest is history ... and I am extremely happy with the outcome because I know this piece of my work has found a wonderful home.