Madrona Bowl Blank Md-45
2.5" x 5" x 5"
This is a small half-log bowl blank of Pacific Madrone wood. The wood from this tree has a beautiful ivory and peach color with very fine grain. The peach color is concentrated in several mineralization streaks that will show up well in a finished bowl. The grain is long and straight with no visible knots.
This is a classic half-log blank, split through the center of the log. The pith lies at the cut face. I've sealed this blank well with Anchor seal but cracks do sometimes form while drying. If any appear, I recommend reinforcing and filling the cracks with CA glue prior to turning.
The bark is complete and well-attached, so you have the option of turning either a conventional bowl or a "barky" natural-edge bowl. If you want a full bark edge on the natural rim, you will need to secure the bark with CA glue before and possibly during turning.
This is a GREEN to partially air-dried bowl blank, meaning that it still retains a lot of its original moisture from when it was a living tree. It has been well-sealed with Anchor Seal and is in the process of slowly drying; this process can take years if leave it in log form. It was measured at 35% moisture content in January 2023. If you need a current moisture content, please message us so that we can check its status for you.
This is a nice, solid bowl blank. I do not see any flaws or areas of concern.
About the Tree
This Madrona tree was blown down during a snowstorm that hit San Juan Island in December 2022. It lived on the west side of the island, near Lime Kiln State Park, a famous orca watching location.