a little whittling, just for fun

Over Christmas I managed to grab a few hours here and there and whittled this little group from a holly branch, just as a bit of fun.  The owls took maybe 3/4 hour each, but the mouse took a lot longer  – like 6 hours longer, but in my defense I’d never carved a mouse before.  The mouse is smaller than a £1 coin, at about 1cm across.  I haven’t put a finish on yet, I’m still trying to decide whether to add some colour to the mouse, or leave him white.

 

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Triple Heart Spoon

Looking through my archive I found this image. It is one of my favourite spoons, ever, though, if I were to make another I think I’d carve the stem a little differently. The single heart spoon I posted back in March was developed from this design, although if you compare them you’ll find lots of changes made along the way. I particularly like the flow of the endless knot and the reduction in size of the hearts from bottom to top.image

 

Dragon spoon

This was a gift for my daughter’s art teacher as he is moving on at the end of this term. I call it keeper of the pearl; if you look really close you might spot the ‘pearl’. There’s a tiny ball that is completely free moving carved inside the dragon’s mouth. I was really pleased with this one; only about 12″ long, it was quite a challenging carve, especially the head, where the eyes are only 3mm long and 2mm high, but it came together very nicely.

 

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