A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening… Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them.
— Hermann Hesse, Wandering (1920) [translation by James Wright, 1972]
I especially like to see trees in the evening after they’ve transformed into silhouettes against the western sky. That image has inspired me to play around with some designs on shrink pots (a.k.a. shrink boxes) in the past, and I’ve got several related ideas stirring around in my noggin lately. I carved one of those ideas into this shrink pot this week — one of a set of three carved from cherry.
I still need to carve the design in the other two, which differ in height, shape, and size. The one in the photo is a rough oval in shape — there’s no rule that says they must always be round.