Zach LaPerriere

Zach LaPerriere

Sitka, AK, United States

About Zach LaPerriere

I make wood bowls & vessels to showcase the outstanding old growth forests of Southeast Alaska. In many ways: I am a story teller.
Every bowl tells a story of the life and growth of an ancient tree. Because I work in woods that average 100 to 500 years old, I take extra time to shape each bowl to show what is most unique about the tree it came from.
All of the wood I work with comes from trees I salvage myself. Because I only salvage dead trees from deep in the forest, it is the forest that makes the first decision about which trees become bowls—not me. That means I search far and wide in the forest for the most exemplary of trees.
My work surfs the line between studio art and functional art, between artist and craftsman. My customers often tell me that my bowls are too beautiful to use. While displaying my bowls as art is fine and appreciated: I also believe that art should at least have the capacity to be used to hold special objects.
Each bowl is cut with sharp tools, sanded to a high grit, and finished with multiple coats of a blend of 100% food grade tung and citrus oil.
All of my bowls are certified certified Made in Alaska.
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Education

Pakuranga College, Auckland, New Zealand 1991
Ketchikan High, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA 1992
University of Victoria, Bachelor of Arts, History in Art, 1997
Self-employed cabinet maker, finish carpenter, boatwright, home builder 1992-2010
2014—Present Professional wood bowl artist and fine woodworker.

Events

2017 Celebrated 25 years as a professional woodworker

Exhibitions

Bowls of the Tongass, 2016
Every Bowl Tells a Story, 2017
Seeing Into a Tree, 2018 upcoming