REMNANT Edition 5, 0126
Coast live oak, shosugiban, Walnut oil. 14" x 7". This large oak vessel is a reminder of the fragility of our natural environment here in California. The urban forest is an incredible resource. The oxygen it gives and the shade it provides are a valuable part of our urban experience. This tree fell in the Arroyo early part of 2022. The ground underneath it had been saturated, and a mild wind was enough to take it down. As is often the case, I heard the sound of chainsaws and followed them and retrieved a few pieces to preserve the legacy of this once proud tree. The finish is achieved by torching the wood at a very high temperature. This is the rare case where the bark has been left on the bowl, and torched to match the entire piece. The flame produces an extremely dark matte black that positively absorbs light. A little walnut oil gives it sheen. This piece reflects an 11 month process. I believe it was worth the wait.