Above is a closeup of one of the natural edge bowls I made from Modesto Ash. Didn’t know there was such a thing until I spoke with the gentleman in charge of the removal a block away from home. In hindsight, should have grabbed some more because of the pink streaks and cast in the wood. It had some wonderful figure to it as well.
The above pic gives an idea of the amount of figure present. This wood came from just above the stump and is the result of compression, i.e., supporting the rest of the tree. When this happens with maple you get quilting or curly figure that produces wonderful chatoyance.
This pic displays the natural/live edge of the tree. My understanding of the best way to retain the bark on bowls like this is using wood harvested in winter. In Southern California, that is difficult because of short/mild winters. Needless to say, it was a partial success with this bowl.