Spencer Peterman is always on the lookout for fallen trees rotting in the woods. Hidden in those fallen trees — especially the ones covered by moss and dirt — is wood disfigured by the beginnings of decomposition. Turning that wood on a lathe produces strikingly unique bowls, salad servers and cutting boards. Peterman calls the maple bowls marked by decomposition and aging of the wood "ambrosia" or "spalted." He also looks for cherry burls which produce quilted patterns and subtle cracks and crevices in the wood. Functional and food-safe, Peterman’s bowls, salad servers and cutting boards are meant to be used. The wood has been kiln-dried and treated with beeswax and mineral oil to prevent cracking and checking. Care instructions for your Peterman products include hand washing with mild soap and water and towel drying. Mineral oil should be applied to maintain the natural beauty of the wood and to help prevent the wood from being stained. The bowls are made from maple, cherry and black walnut.
SPENCER PETERMAN~14 inch cherry oval bowl Almost all the wood is from locally fallen trees in Western Massachusetts, such as maple, cherry or black walnut. The maple bowls are figured by the decomposition and aging of the wood, which we call "ambrosia" or "spalted." unique bowls for use or decoration. from the maker~ All our bowls are food-safe. They are dried down to 6% moisture. The spalted bowls can make the maple more soft but we don't send out the ones that are not functional. They are meant to be used for food. They are treeted with bees wax and mineral oil for food safety and to keep the wood from drying out. It is hard to determine how long it takes to make a bowl. The logs have to be cut into 2 foot lengths and the lathe cuts out a set of bowls from 9 inches to 21 inches. From there they are taken from the mill to the shop where we do all the fine sanding and finishing work. Burls are like tumors on a tree. We cut them off a living tree. It actually helps the tree because it's not healthy for a tree to grow burls. They are totally food safe and have their own characteristics.They are rough edged with quilted patterns, subtle cracks and crevices in the wood. more sizes available~email for details made in Massachusetts, USA gorgeous works of art~treat yourself