The Austin Bowl
THE RILEY/LAND COLLECTION
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 in Tennessee.
This medium Sassafras bowl is 3" in height, 11" in diameter.