So here is the finished little sumac bowl that I discussed in this earlier post. No coloring of any kind has been added to this piece; the wood is just that wild. I like the color against the little tangerines. Well, at least that’s what I still want to call ’em; I guess they call them “cuties” or something now. Anyway, they’re not full-size oranges, the bowl is 12 1/2″ long, 4 1/2″ wide, and 5 3/4″ high.
This crooked sumac trunk allowed for the rising neck and tail of the bird, and I also went with the flow of the grain from above. Bird bowls like this are fun to carve, combining elements of bowl carving and spoon carving. For example, the undercut hollow has to be cut largely with a hook knife while the piece is held in the opposite hand.
I resisted doing any decorative carving other than the line of chips running along the wing edges. Decorative carving on a bold prominent grain pattern like this would be like writing on wrapping paper: hard to read.
By the way, they say sumac fluoresces under a black light, but I haven’t tried it. Must have left my black light at a rave.
I’ll pop this onto the website, and get back to a couple larger bowls in progress.
And how could I leave this out: