The craftsman has valued this piece at $500.00. Materials/dimensions: This wood turned bowl was created from an exceptionally rare mature Ulmus pumila, Siberian elm, a Heritage tree in Darts Hill Garden Park. This massive turned bowl measures 18-1/2” wide x 5 1/2” high.
During the early morning of July 30, 2018 the Heritage Siberian elm, Ulmus pumila, growing along Sequoia Walk in Darts Hill Garden Park, at the northern limit of Bed 8 collapsed, causing significant damage to the garden. The trunk and a major scaffold branch failed. A local contractor removed the elm debris via a huge crane, lifting the huge branches high over Darts House and depositing them on the garden access road in the volunteer parking area prior to chipping. The entire tree was removed with the stump ground out later. The failure of this huge Heritage tree was unfortunate but a good portion of the useable wood of the Siberian elm trunk was collected by members of the Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild (FVWG). Craftsman Keith Ruttan created this exquisite piece of functional art. First, a basic shape was created by Mr. Ruttan using the coring method. After 8 months of air drying time the rough piece was then precisely turned to make the bowl. Fourteen coats of finishing material were applied and sanded down to almost nothing each time to achieve the final silky smooth finish. Artist contact information: KC’s Woodcraft