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Bark Edge Red Ash Bowl #29649

Bill and Tina Collison

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Red natural edge turned ash vessel.

  • 7″tall x 10″wide x 10″wide
  • Ash with thick bark edge
  • Dyed red
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Bill and Tina Collison

Wood has a mysterious quality as a medium that fuels our curiosity as artists. Each piece is like opening a thriller novel where the plot is only revealed in the final pages. Solving these mysteries provides us pleasure and inspiration and is the driving force in our work.

Description

This piece is part of the Focus Gallery exhibition, “The Earth Provides,” located upstairs in the Folk Art Center.

“Ash is a deciduous hardwood tree several species of which are found throughout our southern Appalachian Highlands region.  Ash is used to make furniture, baseball bats and many other items which require structural strength.  Unfortunately, in recent years a pest, the “Emerald Ash Borer,” has attached the Ash species limiting the life of the Ash trees.  We normally do not harvest trees; the bulk of our work is utilizing wood from trees already felled for a number of reasons.  These pieces were created from an Ash tree re-purposed because of the Emerald Ash Borer’s destructive work.

These pieces were made from a recently felled Ash tree in Northeast Tennessee.  After being sawn into smaller pieces and sealed with a paraffin-like substance, the wood was stored in our barn.  The wood was retrieved and rounded into a “blank,” then mounted on the lathe and turned into a bowl or hollow form.  After sanding, the finished pieces on display require a multiple step process.  Several applications of dye are needed for a consistent color and then a single coat of finish lacquer seals the dye.  Next, English white liming wax was applied, then rubbed off, to highlight the soft grain.  Several more coats of lacquer are then applied and buffed with a German violin polish that completes the job.  Enjoy!”

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