Large bowls as beautiful as these are meant to be displayed, carried, used and handed down from one generation to the next. They are also meant to be cherished as each bowl often takes up residence atop the dining room table- the heart of any home.
George Peterson of Circle Factory in Brevard, North Carolina hand turns these incredible bowls from salvaged maple, cherry, walnut and oak inside a 3000 square foot home studio that he and his wife Margaret built back in 1992. He knows and studies wood, seeking out its most interesting patterns and intricacies. George then adds his own bag of tools as he forms each piece from whole logs using hammers, axes, chainsaws and chisels. My favorite is his use of fire to bend and char the wood, giving each piece more depth and character.
George is inspired by the natural world that surrounds his mountain home, as well as African art which has motivated him to paint and sometimes sew his wooden bowls. See his current work, which includes tabletop and art pieces as well as the coolest skateboards you'll ever find, here.