The Leilani "Calabash" Salad Bowl

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I never really know what my bowls will look like until they are finished. I mean, I see the roughed-out version, but just have a concept of the basic shape. So, when I walked into the wood shop and saw this masterpiece, I was a literal dancing meme. It looks like a classic Hawaiian Calabash bowl - originally made from gourds. This version is made using Ambrosia Maple from my parents' farm. I never signify bowls for any specific use, but this bowl is destined for someone's dinner table, to be filled with salad greens. It comes with a set of Ambrosia Maple salad servers.

Once-majestic trees eventually fall. Sometimes it's the result of a lightning bolt. Sometimes, old age. Sometimes, bugs. Whatever the reason, once the tree is on the ground, it has potential for a second life - a metamorphosis like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Once aged and dried, the natural beauty of the tree is revealed through the grain of the wood. I love that The Riley/Land Collection is known for beautiful pieces of art that you can actually use in your home. 

Bowl-making is an art form. From dead tree to bowl, it takes approximately two years for each one. All of our wooden kitchenwares are handmade by a small family-owned business in rural Tennessee. It's a learned tradition, handed down from father to son and spans multiple generations. The overwhelming majority of the pieces are locally-sourced from my parents' farm.

12" diameter, 4.25" tall