Does this bear look like he’s dreaming, or is it just me? It’s not easy to work with something so small, but I enjoy the challenge of fitting a shape I have in mind into the nature’s given confines.
There is something primal in spoon carving, even if it’s a toy spoon.
After a little improvement and a couple of coats of danish oil this bear made it into my portfolio.
It is a pleasure to carve madrone wood (AKA strawberry tree) because it is dense and tight-grained and so able to hold smaller details than, say, pine, but it is prone to warping and cracking. Some say this only adds character and charm.
This bear’s posture was dictated by the piece of wood I had. The basket was an afterthought when I realized that one arm would turn out way too long.
The process of making a geometric pattern is meditative and not as boring as I would have expected. Maybe it brought me into the zone, or maybe this one was too tiny to get bored.