Thanks for the timely post! Right now I have a maple blank chucked in the lathe and attempting to create a bowl. Seeing what you have done give me the encouragement to continue. I can only hope that mine turns out as nice as yours.
Dorje, this is one great bowl. The contrast in color and grain are remarkable enough, but with hints of spalt and curl (two elements I am sure we are both highly fond of) it really gets sweeter. Best of all though is the wide shallow configuration and the crispness of the detail. Good stuff, partner.