“Offering”: Pear vessel on shavings on walnut platter, 10.16" in diameter

This is one of the best pieces I’ve ever made. The pear vessel was turned green, then carved, and has no finish. I left the wood naked, because pear is the most sensual wood I’ve worked with, and I wanted nothing between the wood and the holder’s hands. As the green wood dried, it contracted, adding to its tactile appeal and making the vessel oblong rather than round. It rests on a bed of dry pear shavings, on a turned platter of unfinished walnut. The walnut blank was made by joining halves of a resawn board. The vessel was created at the 2007 International Turning Exchange, with the base added later, to make it more contained. Holding this vessel is heaven.