The Welch "Calabash" Bowl

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Back in the spring of 2019, I picked out a few roughed-out bowls for RLC. I knew they had a different look than most of my bowls, but we were excited to see how they would turn out - and there was zero disappointment. This Box Elder Maple bowl has the look of a classic Hawaiian Calabash bowl, which were originally made from gourds. It's also the shape of a very popular salad bowl craze from the seventies/eighties. Now, I am not in charge of my bowls once they leave my hands, but I would totally put this baby - the Mikel "Calabash" Bowl - in a place of honor. Maybe the living room; maybe your entryway. I named it after one of my best friends, who happens to be a well-known interior designer, because this is a piece of art and should be treated as such. LOL And while Mikel would never do a room in pinks and reds, he might - might - use them as accent colors. Which is what they are against the creaminess of the bowl.

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.

11.5" diameter, 4.5" tall