Chuck Hamilton – Ambrosia Maple-Walnut Vessel

Ambrosia maple is a beautiful wood with very distinctive figuring in the wood. So, I wanted to show it off in this piece by making the sides less steeply sloped than in other vessels. The bottom two thirds of the vessel is the ambrosia maple with a figuring that looks much like an eye. The top third is walnut which introduces some contrast and transition to the lid. The lid is another gorgeous walnut, jatoba, also known as Brazilian redwood. Its reddish tone enhances the vessel. To cap it off, I added a birds eye maple finial that is meant to look like a flame, a motif that I find very pleasing. Flames often imply things spiritual.