An oak crook, more specifically, was the origin of this rooster-inspired bowl that I’ve just finished. The flow of the grain is evident in the top photo in the line between the light sapwood and the darker heartwood. I first saw him months ago in a big oak branch left behind after a nearby woodlot had been timbered. After some tough splitting along the pith, his half was freed from the lower portion.
I also went with the flow of the grain laterally, so his head is, well, cocked a bit to the right. Reminds me of how a robin will tilt its head slightly while on the hunt for worms. That can be seen in the slide show below showing a few more views of this guy:
He is 14 inches long, 5 1/2 inches wide, and 8 1/4 inches high.
While on the subject, here are a couple other smaller pieces I’ve recently finished that are also crook-dependent. Starting with a big cherry ladle (14 3/4″ long and 3 1/8″ wide).
It came from the lower half of this cherry crook.
It’s the front piece in the photo below.
A branch headed from the right to the bottom had broken off years ago and the tree had grown over and around it, leaving beautiful and strong grain through the bowl of the ladle.
And this next piece definitely relies on crooked grain. I must not have photographed the crook, but I carved this pie server from a red maple crook that had a unique shape just right for this. 11 1/4″ long and 2 5/8″ wide.