Madrona Block Md50
3.3" x 8" x 15.6"
This is a half-log bowl blank of Pacific Madrone wood taken from a crotch where a small branch split away from the main trunk. The wood from this tree has a light peach color with darker peach undertones. The crotch in this bowl blank has swirling and expanded grain with a bit of feather figure. It is 3.3" deep on one end, 3.6" deep on the end with the annotation.
The bark is mostly complete and well-attached, so you have the option of turning either a conventional bowl or a "barky" natural-edge bowl. If you want a full bark edge on the natural rim, you will need to secure the bark with CA glue before and possibly during turning.
This is a GREEN to partially air-dried bowl blank, meaning that it still retains a lot of its original moisture from when it was a living tree. It has been well-sealed with Anchor Seal and is in the process of slowly drying; this process can take years if leave it in log form. It was measured at 35% moisture content in January 2023. If you need a current moisture content, please message us so that we can check its status for you.
This is a nice, solid bowl blank. I do not see any flaws or areas of concern. It is extra long, so you may be able to turn several bowls from it or explore winged bowl designs.
About the Tree
This Madrona tree was blown down during a snowstorm that hit San Juan Island in December 2022. It lived on the west side of the island, near Lime Kiln State Park, a famous orca watching location.