Bowl from the heart of an apple tree, handle from a Linden tree, and at the junction, "washers" of ebony and bone.
For this design I created marine-related forms such as crab carapaces, halibut, Inuit harpoon points, and sea kayaks. Materials used: wood from a Linden tree that once lived in Kendall, WA, plus some bone. This is the second in my "Circle Series" of sculptures.
This model won a National Endowment for the Arts sculpture competition and resulted in a commission for a nine foot tall piece that sits on the water's edge at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.
Detail from the underside of an end table crafted from apple and maple trees.
Wonderful to handle and to use, wooden spoons can be fine functional sculpture. Over the years I have made seventy-seven in a wide variety of woods and designs. My upcoming book on experiences with wood will include a chapter and photo gallery on the humble, handmade wooden spoon!
Handles have the potential to be the ultimate functional sculptures. Entry doors ... cabinet doors ... tools ... spoons ... all have handles asking to be held. Shown above are cabinet handles made from yew - two from a set of sixty-two!