The name Annie comes from the person that inspired the steps I used to achieve this piece. Annie, being blind, enjoys the variations in texture I often give or leave in a piece, for example coarse bark or meticulously smooth finishes. But one thing that many of us are drawn to that Annie can not feel is dramatic flare in some grains. So with this piece I left the live edge on the eye burl exposing the spikes under the bark and cut the bowl just once ( most are recut after the bowl drys and warps). I immediately sanded the green wet wood, which is rather tedious since the sandpaper clogs in addition to wet wood not sanding well. But with flare and burl sections being a bit more dense these areas will not shrink as much as the rest of the wood and end up ever so slightly raised once the bowl dries. Now sensitive fingers can feel what others see, my attempt at having a fellow artist feel what I try to describe. The smooth teak oil finish allows you to simply wipe as needed with a dry cloth, chemical cleaners should never be needed in general care. The natural red in box elder can fade over time, I have used UV blocking finishes to help prevent and it is recommended to not display the piece in direct sunlight. Not recommended for food use.

#214 Annie

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