Early Hewn Bowl
American maple and Northeastern in origin, possibly NY or New England. Ca. 1750. This is a very unusual example given all aspects of form, surface, wood makeup and forming method. Entirely hewn by hand with knife and woodworking tools, the exterior and interior feature a wonderful array of thousands of fine planing marks. The exterior and interior surfaces indicate many years of acquired use from environmentals and human hands. A small section of bark remained when made to keep a consistent shape and thickness. Native American like in appearance but with some inspection I suspect colonist made given the shape of the rim and a beveled edge. Also, finer detailing in the forming process and evidence of scribe marks colonist made seems more likely. A tight vertical age crack (shown) emits on one side and does not hinder appearance or overall aesthetics. A statement piece at 23" in diameter with some undulating and 1 3/8" thickness.