As I was shaving down the walls of this cherry shrink pot, I couldn’t help but notice a few small tight pin knots, mostly because the swirling grain direction around them was causing me fits. Then I thought they might be eyes — fish eyes. And the fish now swim among words from Rupert Brooke’s poem Heaven:
Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond;
But is there anything Beyond?
The words flow around the front curve of the pot, so I’ve put a series of four images in the slide show below that show it all, including the oval sassafras bottom.
The pot is 4 3/4 inches high and 4 1/4 inches wide.
As usual, I cut this small lettering with my penknife, which took much longer than making the pot itself. If you’re ready to dig in yourself, the bevel on a new penknife won’t be acute enough for effective wood carving. I took some close-up photos of mine to show how I shape the blade tip — keep it thin. The left photo shows the back of the blade, followed by a rotation over to a side view.