Wood comes in many different colors and each species can have both distinct color and grain pattern. There is wood that is deep red, yellow, bright purple, screaming orange, grey, black, and every shade of brown you can imagine. Some wood has the colors you'd see when the sun sets in a hazy summer sky, Other species have grain patterns that resemble feathers, fish scales, snake skin and leopard spots. My job is to find this wood and use the natural color in the work. I do it by puzzling together different species of wood and then carving it to shape. Sometimes that is not terribly difficult, other times, as in the case of the peregrine falcon feather, it is blindingly intricate.
These peregrine feathers were made by cutting many, many little pieces of blue pine (which is actually grey) bog oak (which is jet black) and aspen, and then fitting them together, gluing them and carving the piece until it resembles a feather. I used these feathers in a cutting board.
The fledgling saw whet owl is carved from 7 different kinds of wood, and sitting on a live (that means real, not actually alive anymore) birch branch. Most of these items take between 10 and 20 hours to complete, which is why you sometimes don't see much for sale in my shop. I often make items for direct donation to the non profits' live auctions.
So that is the story of how. Thanks for stopping by.
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