Completed: March 2008

Availability / Cost: Sold - AUD $350

Dimensions: 31 cm x 18 cm x 6 cm

Materials:

Finish: Hand rubbed oil | satin

I live in a rural environment and have two dogs which I walk twice a day, pretty much every day. During the walks, I often pick up pieces of dead forest wood which have been through bushfires and are extremely weathered.

The piece of Cooktown Ironwood from which this bowl is derived was a small crutch remaining from a long-dead tree which had been through many bushfires on the ground.

The piece was heavy and characteristically fire-hardened. However, when I began to shape it, as expected, it was also full of deep hairline cracks resulting from the heat of successive fires. It took lots of stabilisation during the shaping and initial sanding stages to ensure that the piece was intact. Although a lot of work, the process was most definitely worth it as this piece has the most graceful flowing shape and intense colour.

The piece sold within a couple weeks of finishing.