This unusual bowl is turned from a piece of redwood salvaged from a water tower that was built in 1911. The decades of exposure to mineralized water darkened the redwood to this unusually dark tone. The piece of lumber, stout though it had been, was broken as it was salvaged from the old tower. The artist chose to retain the torn edge as a tribute to the origin of the material, providing a contrast with the turned bowl forms.
The redwood was turned on three different mountings, creating three distinct bowls in this single form. The piece can rest on its back on a table (making the bowls useable), or can stand on its bottom for display.