The maple tree is beloved throughout New England for it’s wood, syrup and vibrant fall foliage. Maple wood is characterized by a smooth grain and unique light color. Peterman Bowls upcycles fallen maple trees that are in the early stages of decomposition to get remarkable ambrosia, or spalted lines running throughout the wood.
Each bowl is a unique masterpiece of nature. These spalted maple nesting bowls range in size from 10” to 21”, are sustainably sourced, upcycled, and handcrafted in New England.
Spencer Peterman is always on the lookout for fallen trees rotting in the woods. He gets excited about this kind of stuff. So do his customers. Hidden in those 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, perfect for your home. Almost all the wood we get is from locally fallen trees in Western Massachusetts, such as maple, cherry or black walnut. The maple bowls are figured by the decomposition and aging of the wood, which we call “ambrosia” or “spalted.”