Back in June, I wrote a post about splitting a large maple crook. Here it is again, sitting on a rock in the Little Shenango River. The arch from head through tail follows the grain of the crook, and the wood revealed an interesting S-curve in the other plane. I went with that general flow as can be seen in the next two photos, altering the symmetry to account for the movement as well.
The curl through the piece is lovely, but makes for tricky surface carving. Patience, sharp tools, and light cuts are key. All surfaces are straight from the gouge and knife.
15 inches long, 4 3/4 inches wide, and 9 inches high.
My buddy, Sam, and I took the photos this morning during a walk along the river. Today is his ninth birthday. He enjoyed exploring,…
…although he did look a little surprised that I put the bowl in the river:
The river is so low that we were basically able to take our walk in it. We saw some cool things, including this clam out for a stroll: