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spalted maple napkin rings

by Spencer Peterman
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Composition from Decomposition

Man and nature often grapple over who can create the most beautiful object. Here they work in tandem. Spencer Peterman, who recovers and turns fallen trees into works of functional art, each of these one-of-a-kind napkin rings is made from spalted maple.

Spalted wood comes naturally embellished with patterns reminiscent of pen and ink drawings. It is also a sustainable resource, causing no harm to the forests from which it's derived. Handmade in Turner Falls, MA.

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reclaimed wood
2" cubed
Hand wash, treat with mineral oil, each comes with a card with care instructions.
  • the maker

Spencer Peterman

Spencer Peterman hand turns his fine wooden bowls in his Western Massachusetts workshop. He gathers wood from fallen trees in the area (and sometimes far outside of it).

Hidden in these fallen 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 bowls.

Practices such as kiln drying and applying a natural, food safe finish makes Spencer's work so beautiful.

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