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The Commons, a home-decor shop in historic Charleston, South Carolina, is chock-full of timeless household items with a modern sensibility. Every piece is handmade by American artisans. We particularly like Peterman’s Boards & Bowls’ maple serving bowls, crafted in Gill, Massachusetts, from fallen trees; and stoneware slab plates, front, by Akiko’s Pottery, in Seattle.
The Commons, Charleston, South Carolina, the-commons.us
3. Spencer Peterman hikes his local western Massachusetts woodlands with a mission: to find fallen trees, which he harvests and turns into artful wooden bowls (9- to 21-inch oval, $48-$495; 15- to 21-inch harvest bowl, $210-$510) that express the grace and natural beauty of the forest. Peterman’s Boards & Bowls, Gill, MA. 413-863-2116; read more:
If you or I were walking in the woods around Gill and came upon a fallen tree covered in moss, we’d likely step right over it and keep on moving.
In an early but visible state of decomposition, logs from the blowdown wouldn’t seem very desirable even as firewood. Surely we wouldn’t see the possibility that such a find might be turned into an object of great beauty and use—an object capable of catching the eyes and editorial interest of taste-setting mavens like Oprah and Martha Stewart.
Of course, we’re not Spencer Peterman. read more:
Last week, my mom and I took a little road trip west to visit my grandparents. Since we were already in for a drive across the state, we decided to take our time and make some stops. We meandered along, taking in the scenic views as we went. About halfway to our destination (Mass MOCA), we sped by a little red house with loads of wooden bowls propped outside. With the bowls already in our rear view mirror, we both looked at each other, and turned around. And I’m so happy we did!
Enter Spencer Peterman’s Boards & Bowls. We were so pleasantly surprised when we walked through the doors into a breathtaking showroom, full to the gills with handmade wooden bowls, boards, salad tongs, spoons, and more. Peterman has been turning bowls for over 15 years. He started his career weaving Nantucket baskets until he became curious about other methods. After visiting a few bowl mills in Vermont and practicing on a lathe, he eventually designed his own in order to create a more rugged shape. read more:
THE BOSTON GLOBE
Artisans Near the Mohawk Trail
Peterman’s Red House Gallery, housed in the oldest house in Gill (1736) features locally sourced bowls and boards in cherry, burl, black walnut and spalted maple.
Featured on Oprah’s “O” list, Yankee Magazine.
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Open daily 9:30am – 5:30pm
Peterman’s Boards and Bowls
Looking for the perfect gift for yourself or others? Peterman’s Boards and Bowls are made from fallen trees in the woods of Western Massachusetts. Once a Nantucket basket weaver, 15 years ago Spencer Peterman learned how to turn bowls. He now turns logs of cherry, maple, oak, and black walnut into bowls or boards, salad tossers, bottle toppers, and napkin rings. Cut and sanded in Gill, MA, the wood is treated with tung, beeswax, and mineral oil to make them food safe.
Northern Woodlands Magazine
Spencer Peterman Bowls, Boards and Trays at Didriks YouTube:
Art on The Table
Boston University News Service
Boston Public Market vendor Peterman’s Bowls and Boards makes beautiful art from dead and rotting wood. read more
PEACHY THE MAGAZINE
GREENFIELD — On a bright, raw April morning, Spencer Peterman hoists an 80-pound stump from the floor of his milling shed and shoves it onto the end of a metal bar at chest height.
We got ten essential tips from the most stylish hosts we know (okay, a couple of whom are our editors) on how to get the party started. read more
Peterman Boards and Bowls
The handcrafted wooden bowls and boards by Spencer Peterman of Turners Falls that made Oprah’s “O” list in January come in cherry, black walnut and spalted maple. These museum store and gallery seconds are half off his regular retail prices.
Contact: Andree Clearwater, 413-834-0833. read more:
FOOD & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER, WORKSHOP TEACHER
Peterman’s Boards & Bowls– beautiful handmade wood bowls and cutting boards. (Pro tip: if you are in Western MA, you should visit their shop and check out the seconds section! I have found some dreamy items there for 70% off!!)
Maple Cutting Board Handmade in Massachusetts
Tree Stump Cutting Board
Made from a slice of fallen maple by artisan Spencer Peterman that’s then fired in a kiln with a food-safe finish, the Tree Stump Cutting Board retains its natural uneven shape and its life-defining tree rings. read more:
RECLAIMED ASH WOOD BOWLS (SET OF 3)