Eric Munshaw has enjoyed turning wood in the Chilliwack River Valley for over 25 years.
He began working with wood in 1974 and bought his first lathe shortly after moving into the valley in 1983. He uses woods with unique grains and markings salvaged from private land and exchanges finished bowls for the wood he is given. His wife, Edna Hobbs, began selling Eric’s bowls at local craft fairs and has now established a small business named EntWood Turnings.
All the bowls made by EntWood Turnings are from reclaimed or salvaged wood. Trees have not been cut down, but rather have already fallen - often from wind or disease – on private land such as old farmsteads in the Fraser River Valley.
Many of the trees used have stood on farms through generations of families. Some of the Walnut wood used in our bowls came from a tree toppled by wind storms in 2013 in downtown New Westminster. The growth rings in the tree indicate an age of close to 150 years.
The Chestnut bowls come from a tree on a multi-generational farmstead in Greendale, outside of Chilliwack. This tree was over 100 years old when it came down. The Pine wood we use comes from the interior forests of B.C. ravaged by the Mountain Pine Beetle.
Some of the wood we use is “figured” which means there is an aberration in the normal, consistent growth rings of the tree causing a unique aesthetic such as wavy, ribbon, quilted, or birds-eye features. Wavy, ribbon and quilted grains are by products of spiral grain. This wood has a washboard effect and as the varied grain intersects the wood surface and light at different angles, a hologram-type depth emerges. This wavy figuring can be especially seen in some of our maple bowls and our colour-stained bowls.