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Korean Wild Walnut Bowl
Korean Wild Walnut Bowl
Korean Wild Walnut Bowl
Korean Wild Walnut Bowl
Korean Wild Walnut Bowl
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Korean Wild Walnut Bowl

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Artist: Kim Min Wook
Dimensions: 8W x 9.75L x 3H

Korean Wild Walnut is undoubtedly the hardiest walnut and can withstand up to -40 F winters. These trees grow wild from the central part of the Korean Peninsula and are commonly found at the foot of a mountain. These trees used to be quite common in Korea (and in fact used to be used as lumber for all rifles for the Korean Military before 1999) and the bark is boiled to make a paste and used in traditional oriental medicine to help the skin regenerate for wounds. Artist Kim Min Wook made a perfectly imperfect bowl – impossibly thin and lightweight with imperfectly perfect edges. Cracks have been “stitched” with a copper staple and the holes and naturally occurring discoloration is highlighted. 1 of 1.

Care: Dust when needed. This piece has intentional color variations and cracks. Extremely fragile, please lift from below.

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"The final product is beautiful, but the process is sweat and work and ultimately, an incredibly amount of effort."

Kim Min Wook has always had a fascination with making things beautiful, and feels that it’s in his DNA. The artist gravitated towards woodworking and has always had an affinity for trees. They are the longest living and tallest living thing on the planet, afterall. While some people like the feel dirt in their hands, and other’s like water, Kim liked the feel of wood. After taking a woodworking class with 20 other students, Kim was only one of only three students to become a woodworker. It was in this class he realized he was different. While most people think about how they can transform wood to make something for themselves, Kim always tried to revive the innate beauty of the tree. Kim says, “Even if my talent is lacking, wood is so beautiful it makes up for where I lack. It fixes me in places, and compensates for my shortcomings. I follow where the wood takes me, I leave my own ambition at the door.” Kim Min Wook’s works are extraordinarily light in comparison to the huge log that he starts with and oftentimes, a block of wood can go from 80 pounds to 1 pound (he works with his father to carry these large pieces of lumber). Stripping away that much wood takes an enormous amount of work. The final product is beautiful, but the process is sweat and work and ultimately, in incredibly amount of effort.

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