This calabash style bowl is turned from a nicely coloured piece of black cherry (Prunus serotina). The tree its self was standing dead for several years before being harvested which resulted in darkening of the sapwood and producing an array of different colours and patterns in the wood. Three inlaid butterflies (sometime called "pewas") made from curly maple re-enforce some small cracks and provide additional decoration. This calibash bowl was turned to finished form while the wood was still wet and then slowly dried. During the drying process the wood has warped slightly producing a final bowl that is oval in shape with a pleasantly subtle undulating rim. Typical of the calibash form, the bowl is slightly enclosed and the rim slopes invitingly towards the interior. The bowl is perfect for serving buns on Sunday dinner or snacks during the big game. Finished with food safe linseed oil and beeswax and then buffed to a pleasant satin sheen, this bowls feels as good as it looks.