|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 09-11-2012 04:20 AM||1087 views||6 times favorited||8 comments|
This is a one-of-a-kind live edge spalted maple rice bowl with hand made bubinga chopsticks. The bowl blank is salvaged firewood. The sticks rest on the edge of the bowl and penetrate through for a convenient storage and display. The bowl is sealed natural in West Systems epoxy and is completely functional and sanitary!
Yes – the chopsticks rest atop and penetrate through the walls of the bowl. A unique way to display the chopsticks with the bowl. A set of these would be cool on display!
The epoxy really soaks in deep if you thin it, just let it soak and roll it around on the inside and keep putting coats on the outside. You’ll find it can go in 1/4” – 1/2” or more in soft/punky wood. With walls of the bowl less than 1/2” it’s likely the epoxy penetrated almost 100%.
(We’ll get some pictures up of bowls in use soon!)
This piece is by Michael Pietras – independent artist who just seems to hang around our shop a lot and he has a habit of creating unique items. More turnings are to come – we just upgraded our lathe with a new OneWay chuck system, and we’re picking up a bowl coring rig shortly.
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com