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Holiday Gift

I recall the story of a potter who talked about the gift of a potters rib she received for Christmas every year.  Where she appreciated the gesture it was just not the type of tool she used and it was a little sad a frustrating.  I suppose if she stored them up for a few years she could make a nice donation to a school or something.

Thankfully, I didn't have that issue this year.  One of my gifts was a pair of beautiful ribs made by Troy Bungart.  All his ribs are hand crafted out of beautiful woods.  He's also a potter so one would think he really considers how the ribs will be used.  I already have a couple of his tools and I really love them.  They are formed and finished beautifully plus it's nice to have ribs that are not in mass produced shapes.  Don't get me wrong, I love my Mudtools ribs a lot.  It's just nice to have the more unique forms.

Pottery Ribs by Troy Bungart

As much as I wanted to sneak away to the studio and play with them yesterday, I resisted the urge.  It was a holiday after all.  Now I'll get my chance.  The large rib is about 7" at it's largest, I can see using this for platters and serving bowls, and I'm already envisioning other forms to create.  What would you make?

I hope your Christmas was warm and happy and full of love.

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  1. There's nothing better than a beautifully finished piece of wood and the fact that it is fashioned into a tool even more wonderful, amazing that the one rib is seven inches.

  2. Now THAT is a Christmas gift! Such beautiful wood and the shapes will make some interesting work, happy potting in 2014!

  3. I use my triangle like that one for almost EVERYTHING :)

  4. I wrote a comment yesterday, but I guess blogger ate it. I gave Jeff a set of Troy Bungert ribs for Christmas this year! They are beautiful. I almost wanted to keep them for myself :o)

  5. Congrats on those awesome ribs! Troy stopped at my house a few days ago and I used some Christmas cash to pick out a handful of them. I haven't had a chance to use them yet but they are amazing to look at!


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