WHEN all the world is young, lad,
And all the trees are green;
And every goose a swan, lad,
And every lass a queen;
— Charles Kingsley, Young and Old
Charles Kingsley’s simple wonderful lines of youthful optimism were running through my mind as I carved this cherry bowl. Whether one perceives it as a goose or a swan, I hope the same outlook is conveyed to an extent through this piece.
Of course, the tree itself played a large role in the design of this unique piece. I shared some of the early stages awhile back, but here is a little slideshow of some shots along the way:
Working with branch crotch wood like this has it’s challenges; the grain can do unexpected things. But it also has it’s rewards, such as the lovely subtle curl running up the neck that will improve with age as the color deepens. I decided to carefully shape and smooth the curves of the body and neck, contrasting with the bold texture of the tail and bowl hollow left from a hook knife.
It is 32 inches long (from beak to tail), 15 inches high, and 6 inches wide. Here is a slideshow of some additional photos of the finished bowl.