recovered river wood bowl

It’s important – and oftentimes fascinating – to know the life history of a product. The folks at West Branch Heritage Timber make a myriad of rustic furniture and home decor items from wood they reclaim from the bottom of the West Branch of the Penobscot River in northern Maine. The recovered timber was originally lost during the log drives of the 1800′s and retains the unique patina and character created by over a of century of submersion in the River’s waters.

reclaimed river wood bowl

(photos above) This hand-carved bowl is sourced from recovered oak, and features spalted maple legs. The wood was dried for a year after recovery from the river bottom. ($450) @ the westbrancheritage online shop

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