Posted on December 6, 2006
Completed: December 2006
Availability / Cost: Sold - AUD $650
Dimensions: 46 cm x 18 cm x 5 cm
Finish: Hand rubbed oil | satin gloss
I had obtained a couple of sawn boards of Queensland Black Walnut which were radically different from anything I had seen before and, in fact, the timber merchant had found them unsaleable to furniture makers because they looked nothing like what the wood was supposed to. Instead of being generally dark, the boards had been cut from an area of the tree in which the lighter sap-wood was randomly dispersed amongst the heart wood. For me, this was a treasure find!
Working from the tree-outside inwards, I knew I would obtain a striking ring pattern which would alternate black and white ... which is exactly what happened. Because the board was only 8 inches wide, I had to blend the ring effect into a long skinny object. This also gave me the opportunity to create very large overhangs at each end, adding to the already striking image that this bowl presents.
I'm writing these details in retrospect ... and this piece was only available for a few Sunday selling sessions before it was purchased by an existing overseas client. Although it was not physically large, I believe this was one of the most eye-caching bowl pieces that I have created to date.