Our American Made Wooden Bowls

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When it comes to the tradition of craftsmanship, few things can compare to the beauty and quality of American made wooden salad bowls. Our locally sourced, upcycled bowls are the perfect way to reduce, reuse, and recycle while still adding an elegant touch to your home. 

Handcrafted in New England, these wooden salad bowls are sure to become a cherished part of your family’s dinner table. In this post, we’ll share the story behind our American made wooden salad bowls and what makes them so special.

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Our Commitment to Sustainability

At Spencer Peterman, sustainability is at the forefront of everything we do. That’s why we’re proud to offer our customers upcycled wooden salad bowls. Our bowls are not only beautiful and functional, but also eco-friendly. We never harvest wood specifically for our bowls. Instead, we work exclusively with locally sourced wood that would otherwise be burned, chipped, or left to rot. By using this wood, we’re able to transform it into something truly special that you can use in your home every day.

The logs we use to make our wooden salad bowls are sourced from local tree services right here in New England. This ensures that we’re using materials that are close to home and reducing our (and your!) carbon footprint in the process.

When you purchase one of our wooden bowls, you’re not just getting a piece that’s made with care and attention to detail. You’re also doing your part to support sustainability efforts.

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Sustainably and American Made Wooden Bowls

Our commitment to sustainability is not just about the final product. It extends to the very process of creating our upcycled wooden salad bowls. We make all of our bowls by hand at one of our two Western Massachusetts workshops. This means we are able to create local jobs and support the community.

The process begins with sourcing the wood locally from New England. We then turn the bowls by hand, allowing for a unique and authentic touch to each piece. Once the bowls are turned, we kiln dry and finish them. Lastly, we add final touches like all natural, food safe finishes to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.

This process not only ensures that each bowl is unique and of the highest quality, but it also supports our commitment to sustainability. By sourcing materials locally and transforming them by hand, we reduce our carbon footprint and support the local economy.

At the end of the process, we are left with stunning and functional wooden salad bowls that are a testament to our commitment to sustainability. These American made wooden salad bowls are not just beautiful and unique, they are also a reminder to reduce, reuse, and recycle in our daily lives.

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What Makes Our Wooden Bowls So Unique?

Because we source our wood right here in New England, we often have the opportunity to work with unique wood types that have distinct patterns, colors, and grains. This means that every bowl we create is totally one of a kind, with its own individual charm and character.

Some of the wood types we frequently work with include ambrosia maple and spalted maple. Ambrosia maple features stunning streaks of gray, brown, and black. These features are caused by the ambrosia beetle and add a unique and rustic touch to the bowls. 

Spalted maple, on the other hand, is characterized by its intricate black lines and patterns caused by the growth of fungus in the wood. This creates a beautiful marbled effect that makes each bowl truly special.

In addition to these wood types, we also create bowls from burls. Burl bowls are crafted from the knotty growths that form on trees, resulting in a swirling and irregular grain pattern. These bowls have a captivating and organic look that adds a touch of nature to your dining table.

By choosing our handcrafted wooden bowls, you’re not just adding a functional tool to your home. Our bowls are also a truly unique work of art that showcases the inherent beauty of natural materials.

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Final Thoughts

Not only are our American made wooden salad bowls a beautiful addition to your table. They can also serve as a reminder of the importance of sustainable living. By choosing to use our upcycled bowls, you’re supporting local New England businesses and reducing waste. But the sustainability benefits don’t stop there. Our bowls are made to last, so you can use them for decades to come.

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