Bobby Jacobs’ hand-carved bowls are sculpted from rare, old, fallen trees in upstate New York. Trees that have been down 15 – 25 years and over 200-years-old provide the unique textures and exceptional scale that are characteristic of Bobby’s work. Because these trees are so rare, it can take up to one year to find one tree that can yield only two bowls.
Environmental sustainability is a cornerstone of all Jacobs’ work: by using trees that have fallen, the natural beauty of the forest is protected. Unused sections of the fallen trees are left on the ground, preserving the delicate ecosystem. This remaining wood leaves a physical layer of organic materials above the ground, providing shelter, nesting and bedding materials to a variety of wildlife.
Hand Carved Cherry Burl
Each bowl is individually carved and treated, highlighting the dark lines (spalting), water stains, and sensual wooden curves that reflect and remind us of nature’s never-ending transitions.
Jacobs’ bowls are an art form that highlight and share one of the earth’s most beautiful and natural resources, while preserving the relationship between human culture and the natural world.