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The starting block was 16"tall x 4" FTB x 6" wide, gently spalted, lightly figured tiger maple.
In my shop we use wood for heat, an old overnighter gulps down logs and the shop can be cozy on the coldest night. There is a wood bin right next to the stove, to the right of that is a set of shelves also used for firewood but on these shelves are wood pieces that at first glance seem to have a beauty and they are sorted. The higher they are on the shelf the 'better'. Every block gets a look over before it's final disposition!
So I took one off the top shelf. Who 'burns' tiger maple? Out here... everybody does, There really is a lot of it and many times the trees themselves, have crooks or swells that make them less a saw log. The gentle tiger stripes give the wood a texture, light spalting adds color.
First she was sawed out and waste blocks removed, then the grinder refined the form. After that knives and chisels brought out some detail at which point the whole object was smoothed. In certain areas she has detail, in others she is left a simple form. She has a few checks, they are all well sealed by a heavy coat of Minwax polycrylic, then she is lightly sanded and waxed and buffed. Wax is pressed into the small checks. She will be waxed and buffed again prior to shipment.
This carving has a certain wide stable look, she reminds one of small carvings from other cultures. there is a reserved 'class' to her in some views and in others she is strong and matronly. It is a good solid one of a kind object lovingly carved of interesting looking wood. A little paste wax here and there and she will only get better and better and when we are all returned to the earth she will still be round and smooth!
It will be carefully packaged and shipped with insurance, please contact me with any questions or comments!

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  • Materials: maple wood, polycrylic finish
  • Only ships within United States.
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