Saturday, October 1, 2011
Both of these pieces are at least a couple years old, both are also collaborations with my Mom. First is a Mesquite hollow form I turned 2 or 3 years ago. My mother asked for several pieces that she could do some carving on. She's done some relief carving on a couple other pieces I've given her so I thought she'd do more of the same so this piece was left between 1/4-3/8" thick. Little did I know she intended to pierce it. Thickness is the enemy of piercing so this took 10X longer than it would have taken if the piece was turned to 1/8" thick.
She surprised me by giving it back to me as my Christmas gift in 2009. I know how much work went into this which makes me appreciate it even more.
This piece is some Honey Locust I got from Boyce Thompson Arboretum several years ago. I turned a smal hollow form while it was still green but the rim cracked. I sent it to my Mom and she cut, carved, and painted it in a Southwest motif before sending it back.
She and I were talking about this piece recently and she thought it was a gourd, not wood.
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