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We see them all the time, stuck up in corners of the garden shed or under the eaves of the house. Usually we are quite surprised to see them because they appear so suddenly. One day, nothing, then seemingly the next day there is buzzing around your ears and a wasp nest above you.
Nonetheless, we are still interested in the nests, their papery delicacy and the bustle of the insects crawling over and through it. This piece allows the observer to handle the nest without the danger of the stinging insects. The nest rests partially hidden below a branch, a world unto itself, wanting only to be left alone.
The wasp nest is made from a single piece of moose antler. Five wasps are carved on its surface, again from the single piece of antler, so that the whole is durable and meant to be handled. The nest hangs from a branch which, with its three leaves are all carved from elk antler. The nest attaches to the branch by means of a hidden magnet, so it can be detached for handling.
12cm W x 11cm D x 7cm H
5″W x 4.5″D x 2.5″H
A trait that I have often used in my carving is the capture of movement. It is a difficult concept because, by its nature, if captured, the movement ceases. Consequently, I have to provide nuances and clues that direct the viewer to perceive movement where it doesn’t actually exist. One such clue is the use of curves.
This piece attempts to depict a beehive, but not in the traditional sense. It shows the movement of bees continually buzzing around a hive. Many of the trajectories intersect showing the interrelation of the sister bees in a hive.
The antithesis of relaxing, the movement is such that it should lead a viewer to think, “I know there is something I should be doing right now.”
The movement vectors are carved and hand polished from deer and elk antler. The support is chokecherry wood resting on a Manitoba Maple base.
41cm W x 29cm D x 61cm H
16″W x 11″D x 24″H
The chess pieces’ East Indian theme complements the Persian-inspired table (see Wood: The Rubaiyat).The individuals are carved from elk antler and are unique in that each has its own face, expression, and raiment. The sculptured characters are based upon pictures of Indian royalty, soldiers, viziers, peasants, shopkeepers, thieves and shepherds from various times. The rooks resemble the corner towers of the Taj Mahal.
The black team has been colored with a water-based aniline dye before finishing. The black queen has faceted garnet eyes and all the rest of the pieces (black and white) gaze through Swarovski crystal eyes. Each piece has a magnet placed in its bottom so that it is attracted to the magnets in their storage box and is also felt cushioned. An octagonal white oak box stores the pieces in case you wish to use the table to play checkers or cards instead.
kings: 18cm H; 7”H
pawns: 8cm H; 3”H
box: 29cm x 29cm x 23cm H; 11.75” x 11.75” x 9”H