Cat’s Eye Spirit Vessel is an Ambrosia Maple hollow form style spirit bowl. Indigenous people believe that when a person passes they will come back to visit those they love. The Spirit Bowl is a safe place where they can rest. This wood has great character from the stains of the Ambrosia Beetle creating an image of a cat’s eye. The size is 5 inches in diameter by 2.5 inches high. It is very comforting to hold and some believe spirits find a home in these forms. I love this idea and will gift a Spirit Form to a friend who is suffering a loss. If you like Cat’s Eye Spirit Vessel here is another example of a Spirit Form Group of Spirit Bowls
Spirit Form Vessels go way back in time and are common in many cultures. Native Americans and people of ancient cultures believe that their ancestors return. They need a safe place in the present world. The small opening allows for their entry while keeping danger out.
Typically a bowl features a large opening tapering to a small base. Hollow Forms have a very small hole at the top. It takes patience to develop a skill set to make a piece like this. A maker does not see the wood he is removing from the inside. He uses calipers and listens to the cutting sounds as indicators if things are going well. Hollow Form turning is credited to the Master Artist, David Ellsworth in the 1970’s. For centuries the focus of wood turning was making utilitarian items for food preparation and eating. This invention became the moment in time for the art movement in wood turning. For more information about David Ellsworth
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