A Florida woodworker turns bowls from root balls of palm trees and has recently won Best Of Show at the annual Leesburg Art Festival. Scott Anderson of Crystal River uses his tractor to get the root balls out of the ground in order to make the bowls.
Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls
“The hardest part is getting it out of the ground,” said Anderson, who relied on his own tractor to dig up the sabal palm on his land to begin the art piece.
“I think that it’s such a paradox that hiding inside the ugliest tree in Florida is this,” Anderson said, showing the intricate design pattern on the finished product.
The first time he discovered the unique artsy detail on a palm tree’s root ball, he felt that it was worthy of turning into works of art. Anderson began showing his palm bowls two years ago.
Some people mistake Anderson’s bowls as ceramics, glass or even marble. Many are stunned to learn they’re crafted from a tree’s root ball.
“I’m a woodworker who doesn’t think inside the box,” he said.
This is certainly an interesting looking bowl. Having turned black palm, I can appreciate the work that has gone into this. I would love to see this aspiring woodworker turn bowls from root balls on video.