We have a favorite picnic site along the South Toe River at Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area. One summer an enormous hemlock had fallen during a storm, pretty much on our usual spot. The Forest Service had cut the log into sections to haul out, I helped them by bringing a couple of them home. Counting growth rings the tree was 137 years old; the inner rings are less than a millimeter apart. It's a delightfully quirky wood with lots of character and I plan to do more bowls with it, lots of possibilities.
Hemlock with dyed veneer
4.5" dia x 2" high #110 $250
top view, click to enlarge
This piece is currently for sale at the Southern Highland Craft Guild
Guild Crafts Gallery on Tunnel Rd., Asheville
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