Mark Wood - hand turned wood

Camphor Hollow Form

Camphor Hollow Form | 7.5″ x 12.5″ with 1.8″ Opening | #459

The wood for this piece came from a tree on River Road in the San Marco area of Jacksonville. The tree was removed by the owner because it had grown so large it endangered their home. One of the typical characteristics of camphor is it tends to crack when the stresses within the tree are released as the wood is turned. In this case when the growth line of the wood cracked I filled the crack with ground up turquoise stone. I have made several pieces from this tree and I feel very fortunate to have been able to save this wood from the city landfill.

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All my bowls and vessels are made from recycled wood. This is wood from a tree that was cut down by a homeowner for safety reasons, by a builder in order to facilitate construction of a new home or was blown down by Mother Nature. This wood would have ended up in the city landfill or someone’s fireplace. Much of my wood I find on the side of the road waiting for the trash pickup.

None of my bowls are perfect because they were made from imperfect wood by imperfect hands however, I make up for their imperfection by adding a little magic to each one. Beyond their beautiful appearance, each of my bowls/vessels has the added benefit of being able to hold your worries and fears. So by placing your worries and fears in your bowl, you are better able to focus on the blessings in life.

I hope you enjoy your bowl as much as I did in making it for you.

Mark Wood