Spencer Peterman has been turning bowls and working with wood for years, but he started out as a basket weaver making Nantucket baskets. He became interested in turning wood bowls while doing craft shows in New England.
Peterman uses a variety of beautiful hardwoods (maple, cherry, black walnut, etc) to create his handmade wood bowls, cutting boards, serving boards, and napkin rings. Hidden in trees, especially the ones covered by moss and dirt, is wood disfigured by the beginnings of decomposition. Turning that wood on a lathe produces strikingly unique pieces of art. Each piece of woodwork is kiln dried to 6% moisture content to stabilize and prevent future cracking and checking. A food-safe finish is then applied to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. Spencer is keen on being green by using only already fallen or rotting trees from the woods around his studio in Turners Falls, Massachusetts.
Wood Care Instructions : Hand wash pieces with mild soap and water. Dry off with towel. Do not place in dishwasher or submerge in water. Features a food safe finish. Spencer recommends that owners apply mineral oil every few months to maintain the natural beauty of the wood.