This is a unique wood turned vessel made out of Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) with Betelnut (Areca catechu) Inlay. I love working with new timbers, specially those that are seldom ulitized, or those that are not traditionally considered as "wood". Palms fit the bill here. This particular species is native to central China (also known as Chusan Palm) and is cold hardy enough to find it's way into park and garden of the temperate zones. It has nice fan-shaped fronts with very strong fibers that can be used for weaving strong baskets, sacks, and ropes. Here, I use the trunk to "weave" a bowl. You can still see all these trong, irridescence fibers in the side grain and end grain. A ring of betel nut (another of my favorite palm nut for many reasons) was inlayed into the bowl as decorative accent. I really like the way this one turned out-- both visual and tactile. The size and shape feel so good in my hands that everytime I pick it up, I don't want to put it down without a dose of good fondling. The details of the Betel nut are also very captivating. It will be hard to part with this one!
Dimension (largest diameter x height): 4-1/8" x 2-1/2"
-- All wood turned items were hand made and/or hand threaded on a lathe. Hardwood threaded inserts were used for woods that do not accept threading well.
-- The item was sanded to 1200 grid for a mirror finish and sealed with a food-safe varnish, if applicable. For hard, fine grained wood with a natural shine, only wax and oil was applied.
-- Each piece offered is a unique item. The design may be repeated but the dimension and wood combination, and or decorative accent will be different
-- Artist signature and catalog number will be inscribed on the item
-- I ship via USPS First Class mail (or Priority Mail if requested). Combined shipping is the highest shipping cost plus $2 for each additional item. Free shipping for 5 or more items purchased at the same time
-- CA sale tax applies (8.25%) for shipping to CA addresses
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