This organic-shaped bowl by Orlan Johnson was carved from a plum tree burl. Orlan says: "A burl is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. . . Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, prized for its beauty and rarity. . . ." It reminds all me of the saying "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger" - and I believe, in most cases it also makes you more beautiful! -- just as the injury has done for this piece of wood.
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