Palm Leaf Fruit Bowl

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Living in Southern California, we were besotted with palm trees which drop their large, heavy, branches like a molting bird sheds its feathers. It was nothing at all to hear a loud crash in the night and come out the next day to see a gigantic palm frond having fallen and smashed shrubs and delicate flowers. Once it was on the ground, it had to be cut up and placed in the disposal bin for the trash man to haul away. Over the years I studied every inch of those pesky fronds looking for ways to incorporate them in some delightful artsy treasure.
I had seen one artist paint faces on the billowy part that attaches it to the tree. Thinking that was a terrific idea, I thought again at my limited ability to draw let alone paint. As I wracked my brain for the perfect idea, I began looking in my garden to see if there was a possible use outdoors. I came up with a bird feeder that I could hang from a tree allowing a myriad of birdies to treat themselves to dinner all at once. It wasn’t until I was lamenting my dilemma to my niece, that she actually said the magic word. She said why not make a bowl out of it. So, that’s exactly what I did. The following is the How To of the Palm Frond Bowl.


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