Tim Plunkett, Great Oak Bowl

Tim Plunkett, Great Oak Bowl


Great Oak bowl, 2015-16

A huge and beautiful oak bowl, made over two seasons so that the wood dries thoroughly and the result can be hollowed out by hand so that is becomes smooth and lightweight. It is both a statement piece and usable for fruit or salad, if kept lightly oiled. There is an extraordinary story attached to this piece. The artist formed it from a very large oak log, more than twice its diameter. which he bought from his wood-yard. It needed considerable man-handling and winching to transport it to his studio, so that he could rough out 12 bowls from the log. However, after the seasoning period when he came to survey his handiwork he found that all the bowls had cracked irrevocably, except for this one. So it remains as a unique treasure from an ancient tree, but also as a metaphor for perseverance, patience and survival. 

58.5 cm diameter

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This bowl was cut from a giant oak log which the artist found at his normal sustainable wood supplier. It was so vast, he needed a winch to get it upright and then had to cut out 12 sections before he could remove it. Back at his workshop, he roughed out 12 bowls of different sizes and as normal, left them over the winter to season. When he returned to them to make the bowls the next year, this one was the only survivor. All the rest had cracked beyond use.