Bryans Gallery

Southwest Native American Arts and Jewelry in Taos since 1982

Spalted Aspen Bowl by Jimmy Cook

1,700.00
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Spalted Aspen Bowl by Jimmy Cook

1,700.00

Bowl #1587 

Spalted aspen turned wood bowl with red coral, turquoise and magnetite inlay by Jimmy Cook. 

 Approx: 9.5" high and 9.5" diameter. 

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Bowl #1587 

Spalted aspen turned wood bowl with red coral, turquoise and magnetite inlay by Jimmy Cook. 

 Approx: 9.5" high and 9.5" diameter. 

Bowl #1587 is made from spalted aspen. Spalting is a pattern of blackish irregular lines and coloration that occurs in wood as a result of fungal decay.  Jimmy found this downed tree in Spring Creek in the La Plata Mountains of the San Juan Range in Southern Colorado. The inlay is turquoise and coral, and the black is magnetite from the desserts sands of Arizona.

Master woodturner, Jimmy Cook selects wood from logs left by wood cutters, timber companies and diseased or naturally fallen trees. He turns the wood slowly to determine the shape and style of the work of art. The design is often changed as the piece unfolds to best show the grain and intricate details. Turquoise is often inlaid in the wood to further enhance the design. The piece is carefully sanded and sealed to show the true color of the wood. Each showpiece is numbered, signed and dated. With the proper care, this handcraft will be a lasting work of beauty. Do not allow it to come in direct contact with excessive moisture or heat.

Jimmy Cook was raised in Mancos, Colorado. Starting in his pre-teen years, he worked in the family business, Aspencraft, where he quickly learned to admire and appreciate the natural beauty of Aspen and other woods. He spent much of his life in the outdoors both for recreation and work and has marveled at the beauty of nature. After serving four years in the U S Navy, he returned to Mancos where he and his wife owned a lumber yard and hardware store for over twenty years. He also became involved in mining of precious metals and metallurgy work. He designed and constructed his lathe and began turning beautiful wood hand-turned showpieces.