This bowl has been hand turned from a stunning and dramatic piece of spalted sycamore with a piece of bark inclusion on the underside and a slightly rounded undercut rim.
The spalting of wood occurs as it is invaded by fungi usually after the tree has died which cause changes in pigmentation as well as dark lines that delineate the boundaries between colonies of fungi. The challenge to anyone wanting to use spalted wood is to gather and start drying and preserving the wood at the point where the most dramatic changes have occurred but before the decay process makes the wood soft and unusable. In this piece the patterns caused by the spalting process are simply amazing.
The wood was hand turned on the lathe by myself. The shape was selected to show the grain off to its best and to retain part of the bark which creates extra drama.
A food safe oil was used on this product making it safe for food, most suitably as a fruit or nut bowl, but it is also a perfect size for a knitting/sewing bowl or as an irnamental bowl for pine cones and chunkier pot pourri. I would not recommend it for use as a salad bowl as the spalting makes the wood more prone to damage and heavy wear might limit the life of the bowl.